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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2913732
(54) English Title: COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR CONJUGATING ACTIVATABLE ANTIBODIES
(54) French Title: COMPOSITIONS ET PROCEDES PERMETTANT DE CONJUGUER DES ANTICORPS ACTIVABLES
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • A61K 47/68 (2017.01)
  • A61P 35/00 (2006.01)
  • A61K 47/48 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • KONRADI, ANDREI WILLIAM (United States of America)
  • SINGH, SHWETA (United States of America)
  • LOWMAN, HENRY BERNARD (United States of America)
  • DESNOYERS, LUC ROLAND (United States of America)
  • LIANG, TONY W. (United States of America)
(73) Owners :
  • CYTOMX THERAPEUTICS, INC. (United States of America)
(71) Applicants :
  • CYTOMX THERAPEUTICS, INC. (United States of America)
(74) Agent: RIDOUT & MAYBEE LLP
(45) Issued:
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2014-06-04
(87) PCT Publication Date: 2014-12-11
Examination requested: 2019-05-30
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
61/830,913 United States of America 2013-06-04
61/919,935 United States of America 2013-12-23

English Abstract

The invention relates generally to compositions and methods for conjugating antibodies and activatable antibodies, and methods of partially reducing antibodies and/or activatable antibodies prior to conjugation, e.g., thiol-based conjugation, with an agent, e.g., a therapeutic and/or diagnostic agent.


French Abstract

L'invention concerne généralement des compositions et des procédés permettant de conjuguer des anticorps et des anticorps activables, et des procédés de réduction partielle des anticorps et/ou des anticorps activables avant la conjugaison, par exemple, une conjugaison à base de thiol, avec un agent, par exemple, un agent thérapeutique et/ou de diagnostic.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


What is claimed is:

1. A method of partially reducing and conjugating an agent to an
activatable antibody
resulting in selectivity in the placement of the agent, the method comprising
partially
reducing at least one disulfide bond in the activatable antibody with a
reducing agent
without disturbing any intrachain disulfide bonds in the activatable antibody,
and
conjugating the agent to at least one thiol, wherein the activatable antibody
comprises an
antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds
to a target, a
masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB,
wherein the
CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate for a protease.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the at least one disulfide bond is an
interchain
disulfide bond.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the at least one disulfide bond is a
disulfide bond
between the activatable antibody and a second molecule.
4. The method of claim 3, wherein the second molecule is cysteine or
glutathione.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB
or AB-
CM-MM.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein the reducing agent is TCEP.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein the agent is selected from the group of
agents listed
in Table 4.
8. The method of claim 1, wherein the agent is a toxin or fragment thereof.
9. The method of claim 8, wherein the agent is a microtubule inhibitor.

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10. The method of claim 8, wherein the agent is a nucleic acid damaging
agent.
11. The method of claim 8, wherein the agent is a dolastatin, an auristatin
or derivative
thereof, a maytansinoid or a derivative thereof, a duocarmycin or derivative
thereof, or a
calicheamicin or derivative thereof.
12. The method of claim 4, wherein the agent is auristatin E or a
derivative thereof.
13. The method of claim 4, wherein the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE) or
monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD).
14. The method of claim 4, wherein the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE).
15. The method of claim 4, wherein the agent is monomethyl auristatin D
(MMAD).
16. The method of claim 4, wherein the agent is DM1 or DM4.
17. The method of claim 4 wherein the agent is conjugated to the AB via a
linker.
18. The method of claim 17, wherein the linker is a cleavable linker.
19. The method of claim 1, wherein the agent is a detectable moiety.
20. The method of claim 19, wherein the detectable moiety is a diagnostic
agent.
21. The method of claim 1, wherein the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1.
22. The method of claim 1, wherein the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected
from the group of antibodies listed in Table 2.

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23. The method of claim 1, wherein the antigen binding fragment thereof is
selected
from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a F(ab')2 fragment, a scFv, a
scAb, a dAb, a
single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single domain light chain antibody.
24. The method of claim 1, wherein the MM has an equilibrium dissociation
constant
for binding to the AB that is greater than the equilibrium dissociation
constant of the AB to
the target.
25. The method of claim 1, wherein the MM does not interfere or compete
with the AB
for binding to the target when the activatable antibody is in a cleaved state.
26. The method of claim 1, wherein the MM is a polypeptide of no more than
40 amino
acids in length.
27. The method of claim 1, wherein the MM polypeptide sequence is different
from that
of the target, and wherein the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50%
identical to
any natural binding partner of the AB.
28. The method of claim 1, wherein the MM does not comprise more than 25%
amino
acid sequence identity to the target.
29. The method of claim 1, wherein the MM does not comprise more than 10%
amino
acid sequence identity to the target.
30. The method of claim 1, wherein the CM is a polypeptide of up to 15
amino acids in
length.
31. The method of claim 1, wherein the protease is co-localized with the
target in a
tissue, and wherein the protease cleaves the CM in the activatable antibody
when the
activatable antibody is exposed to the protease.
32. The method of claim 1, wherein the activatable antibody comprises a
linking peptide
between the MM and the CM.
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33. The method of claim 1, wherein the activatable antibody comprises a
linking peptide
between the CM and the AB.
34. The method of claim 1, wherein the activatable antibody comprises a
first linking
peptide (LP1) and a second linking peptide (LP2), and wherein the activatable
antibody in
an uncleaved state has the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-
terminus as
follows: MM-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM.
35. The method of claim 34, wherein the two linking peptides need not be
identical to
each other.
36. The method of claim 34, wherein each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide of
about 1 to 20
amino acids in length.
37. The method of claim 34, wherein at least one of LP1 or LP2 comprises an
amino
acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)n, (GGS)n, (GSGGS)n
(SEQ ID
NO: 21) and (GGGS)n (SEQ ID NO: 22), GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO:
24), GSGSG (SEQ ID NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and
GSSSG (SEQ ID NO: 28), where n is an integer of at least one.
38. The method of claim 1, wherein the CM is a substrate for an enzyme
selected from
the group consisting of those shown in Table 3.
39. The method of claim 1, wherein the activatable antibody in an uncleaved
state
comprises a spacer, wherein the spacer is joined directly to the MM and has
the structural
arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
40. A conjugated activatable antibody that in an activated state binds a
target, the
conjugated activatable antibody comprising:
an antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically
binds to
the target, wherein the AB is conjugated to monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD);
a masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB to the target when
the
activatable antibody is in an uncleaved state; and
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a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, wherein the CM is a polypeptide
that
functions as a substrate for a protease.
41. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the MM has an
equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB which is greater than
the
equilibrium dissociation constant of the AB to the target.
42. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the MM does
not interfere
or compete with the AB for binding to the target when the activatable antibody
is in a
cleaved state.
43. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the protease
is co-
localized with the target in a tissue, and wherein the protease cleaves the CM
in the
activatable antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease.
44. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the
activatable antibody in
the uncleaved state has the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-
terminus as
follows: MM-CM-AB or AB-CM-MM.
45. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the
activatable antibody
comprises a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
46. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the
activatable antibody
comprises a linking peptide between the CM and the AB.
47. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the
activatable antibody
comprises a first linking peptide (LP1) and a second linking peptide (LP2),
and wherein the
activatable antibody in the uncleaved state has the structural arrangement
from N-terminus
to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM.
48. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 47, wherein the two
linking peptides
need not be identical to each other.
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49. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 47, wherein each of LP1
and LP2 is a
peptide of about 1 to 20 amino acids in length.
50. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the MM is a
polypeptide
of about no more than 40 amino acids in length.
51. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the MM
polypeptide
sequence is different from that of the target and wherein the MM polypeptide
sequence is no
more than 50% identical to any natural binding partner of the AB.
52. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the CM is a
polypeptide of
up to 15 amino acids in length.
53. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the CM is a
substrate for
an enzyme selected from the group consisting of those shown in Table 3.
54. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody.
55. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the target for
the AB is
selected from the group consisting of the targets listed in Table 1.
56. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the AB is or
is derived
from an antibody listed in Table 2.
57. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 40, wherein the MMAD is
conjugated
to the AB via a linker.
58. The conjugated activatable antibody of claim 56, wherein the linker is
a cleavable
linker.
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COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR CONJUGATING ACTIVATABLE
ANTIBODIES
Related Applications
[0001] This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional
Application No.
61/830,913, filed June 4, 2013 and U.S. Provisional Application No.
61/919,935, filed
December 23, 2013. The contents of each of which are hereby incorporated by
reference in
their entirety.
Field of the Invention
[0002] The invention relates generally to compositions and methods for
conjugating
antibodies and activatable antibodies, and methods of partially reducing
antibodies and/or
activatable antibodies prior to conjugation, e.g., thiol-based conjugation,
with an agent, e.g.,
a therapeutic and/or diagnostic agent.
Background of the Invention
[0003] Antibody-based therapies have proven effective treatments for some
diseases
but in some cases, toxicities due to broad target expression have limited
their therapeutic
effectiveness. In addition, antibody-based therapeutics have exhibited other
limitations such
as rapid clearance from the circulation following administration. Conjugating
agents to
antibodies has been used to further advance the use of antibody-based
therapies. Molecules
such as toxins, radionuclides and drugs including anti-cancer drugs have been
conjugated to
certain antibodies to generate immunotoxins, radioimmunoconjugates, and/or
antibody-drug
conjugates (ADCs).
[0004] In the realm of small molecule therapeutics, strategies have been
developed
to provide prodrugs of an active chemical entity. Such prodrugs are
administered in a
relatively inactive (or significantly less active) form. Once administered,
the prodrug is
metabolized in vivo into the active compound. Such prodrug strategies can
provide for
increased selectivity of the drug for its intended target and for a reduction
of adverse effects.
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[0005] Accordingly, there is a continued need in the field of antibody-
based
therapeutics for antibodies that mimic the desirable characteristics of the
small molecule
prodrug, as well as a need for improved methods of conjugating agents to these
antibodies
without negatively impacting their ability to mimic the desirable
characteristics of the small
molecule prodrug.
Summary of the Invention
[0006] The present invention provides conjugates that include an
activatable
antibody and methods of making these activatable antibody conjugates. Also
provided are
activatable antibodies having points of conjugation for receiving a drug or
label. The
conjugates can be used therapeutically, diagnostically (e.g., in vitro or in
vivo), for in vivo
imaging, and for any of a variety of other therapeutic, diagnostic and/or
prophylactic uses.
[0007] Generally, the compositions and methods provided herein include an
activatable antibody that includes an antibody or antibody fragment (AB) that
specifically
binds a target, where the AB is coupled to a masking moiety (MM) that
decreases the ability
of the AB to bind its target. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody
further includes
a cleavable moiety (CM) that is a substrate for a protease. The compositions
and methods
provided herein enable the attachment of one or more agents to one or more
cysteine
residues in the AB without compromising the activity (e.g., the masking,
activating or
binding activity) of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the
compositions and
methods provided herein enable the attachment of one or more agents to one or
more
cysteine residues in the AB without reducing or otherwise disturbing one or
more disulfide
bonds within the MM. The compositions and methods provided herein produce an
activatable antibody that is conjugated to one or more agents, e.g., any of a
variety of
therapeutic, diagnostic and/or prophylactic agents, and, in some embodiments,
without any
of the agent(s) being conjugated to the MM of the activatable antibody. The
compositions
and methods provided herein produce conjugated activatable antibodies in which
the MM
retains the ability to effectively and efficiently mask the AB of the
activatable antibody in
an uncleaved state. The compositions and methods provided herein produce
conjugated
activatable antibodies in which the activatable antibody is still activated,
i.e., cleaved, in the
presence of a protease that can cleave the CM.
[0008] The activatable antibodies have at least one point of conjugation
for an agent,
but in the methods and compositions provided herein less than all possible
points of
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conjugation are available for conjugation to an agent. In some embodiments,
the one or
more points of conjugation are sulfur atoms involved in disulfide bonds. In
some
embodiments, the one or more points of conjugation are sulfur atoms involved
in interchain
disulfide bonds. In some embodiments, the one or more points of conjugation
are sulfur
atoms involved in interchain sulfide bonds, but not sulfur atoms involved in
intrachain
disulfide bonds. In some embodiments, the one or more points of conjugation
are sulfur
atoms of cysteine or other amino acid residues containing a sulfur atom. Such
residues may
occur naturally in the antibody structure or may be incorporated into the
antibody by site-
directed mutagenesis, chemical conversion, or mis-incorporation of non-natural
amino
acids.
[0009] Also provided are methods of preparing a conjugate of an
activatable
antibody having one or more interchain disulfide bonds in the AB and one or
more
intrachain disulfide bonds in the MM, and a drug reactive with free thiols is
provided. The
method generally includes partially reducing interchain disulfide bonds in the
activatable
antibody with a reducing agent, such as, for example, TCEP; and conjugating
the drug
reactive with free thiols to the partially reduced activatable antibody. As
used herein, the
term partial reduction refers to situations where an activatable antibody is
contacted with a
reducing agent and less than all disulfide bonds, e.g., less than all possible
sites of
conjugation are reduced. In some embodiments, less than 99%, 98%, 97%, 96%,
95%, 90%,
85%, 80%, 75%, 70%, 65%, 60%, 55%, 50%, 45%, 40%, 35%, 30%, 25%, 20%, 15%, 10%
or less than 5% of all possible sites of conjugation are reduced.
[0010] In some embodiments, a method of reducing and conjugating an
agent, e.g., a
drug, to an activatable antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement of
the agent is
provided. The method generally includes partially reducing the activatable
antibody with a
reducing agent such that any conjugation sites in the masking moiety or other
non-AB
portion of the activatable antibody are not reduced, and conjugating the agent
to interchain
thiols in the AB. The conjugation site(s) are selected so as to allow desired
placement of an
agent to allow conjugation to occur at a desired site. The reducing agent is,
for example,
TCEP. The reduction reaction conditions such as, for example, the ratio of
reducing agent to
activatable antibody, the length of incubation, the temperature during the
incubation, the pH
of the reducing reaction solution, etc., are determined by identifying the
conditions that
produce a conjugated activatable antibody in which the MM retains the ability
to effectively
and efficiently mask the AB of the activatable antibody in an uncleaved state.
The ratio of
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reduction agent to activatable antibody will vary depending on the activatable
antibody. In
some embodiments, the ratio of reducing agent to activatable antibody will be
in a range
from about 20:1 to 1:1, from about 10:1 to 1:1, from about 9:1 to 1:1, from
about 8:1 to 1:1,
from about 7:1 to 1:1, from about 6:1 to 1:1, from about 5:1 to 1:1, from
about 4:1 to 1:1,
from about 3:1 to 1:1, from about 2:1 to 1:1, from about 20:1 to 1:1.5, from
about 10:1 to
1:1.5, from about 9:1 to 1:1.5, from about 8:1 to 1:1.5, from about 7:1 to
1:1.5, from about
6:1 to 1:1.5, from about 5:1 to 1:1.5, from about 4:1 to 1:1.5, from about 3:1
to 1:1.5, from
about 2:1 to 1:1.5, from about 1.5:1 to 1:1.5, or from about 1:1 to 1:1.5. In
some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1:1. In some
embodiments, the
ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1.5:1. In some embodiments, the ratio
is in a range of
from about 4:1 to 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from about
4:1 to 1.5:1.
In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from about 8:1 to about 1:1. In
some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 2.5:1 to 1:1.
[0011] In some
embodiments, a method of reducing interchain disulfide bonds in the
AB of an activatable antibody and conjugating an agent, e.g., a thiol-
containing agent such
as a drug, to the resulting interchain thiols to selectively locate agent(s)
on the AB is
provided. The method generally includes partially reducing the AB with a
reducing agent to
form at least two interchain thiols without forming all possible interchain
thiols in the
activatable antibody; and conjugating the agent to the interchain thiols of
the partially
reduced AB. For example, the AB of the activatable antibody is partially
reduced for about
1 hour at about 37 C at a desired ratio of reducing agent:activatable
antibody. In some
embodiments, the ratio of reducing agent to activatable antibody will be in a
range from
about 20:1 to 1:1, from about 10:1 to 1:1, from about 9:1 to 1:1, from about
8:1 to 1:1, from
about 7:1 to 1:1, from about 6:1 to 1:1, from about 5:1 to 1:1, from about 4:1
to 1:1, from
about 3:1 to 1:1, from about 2:1 to 1:1, from about 20:1 to 1:1.5, from about
10:1 to 1:1.5,
from about 9:1 to 1:1.5, from about 8:1 to 1:1.5, from about 7:1 to 1:1.5,
from about 6:1 to
1:1.5, from about 5:1 to 1:1.5, from about 4:1 to 1:1.5, from about 3:1 to
1:1.5, from about
2:1 to 1:1.5, from about 1.5:1 to 1:1.5, or from about 1:1 to 1:1.5. In some
embodiments, the
ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio
is in a range of
from about 5:1 to 1.5:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from
about 4:1 to
1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from about 4:1 to 1.5:1. In
some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range from about 8:1 to about 1:1. In some
embodiments, the
ratio is in a range of from about 2.5:1 to 1:1.
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[0012] The thiol-containing reagent can be, for example, cysteine or N-
acetyl
cysteine. The reducing agent can be, for example, TCEP. In some embodiments,
the
reduced activatable antibody can be purified prior to conjugation, using for
example,
column chromatography, dialysis, or diafiltration. In some embodiments, the
reduced
antibody is not purified after partial reduction and prior to conjugation.
[0013] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes an antibody
or
antigen-binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds a target,
wherein the AB is
coupled to a masking moiety (MM), such that coupling of the MM to the AB
decreases the
ability of the antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof to bind the
target. In some
embodiments, the MM is coupled to the AB via a cleavable moiety (CM) that
includes a
substrate for a protease, for example, a protease that is co-localized with
the target at a
treatment site in a subject. The activatable antibodies provided herein are
stable in
circulation, activated at intended sites of therapy and/or diagnosis but not
in normal, e.g.,
healthy, tissue, and, when activated, exhibit binding to the target that is at
least comparable
to the corresponding, unmodified antibody.
[0014] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM.
[0015] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes an antibody
or
antigen-binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds the target. In
some
embodiments, the antibody or immunologically active fragment thereof that
binds the target
is a monoclonal antibody, domain antibody, single chain, Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, such an antibody or immunologically
active
fragment thereof that binds the target is a mouse, chimeric, humanized or
fully human
monoclonal antibody. In some embodiments, the antigen binding fragment thereof
is a Fab
fragment, a F(ab')2 fragment, a scFv, or a scAb.
[0016] In some embodiments, the antibody or an antigen binding fragment
thereof
(AB) specifically binds to a target selected from those shown Table 1. In some

embodiments, the AB specifically binds to Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor
(EGFR). In
some embodiments, the AB specifically binds to Jagged 1 and/or Jagged 2. In
some
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[0017] In some embodiments, the antibody or an antigen binding fragment
thereof
(AB) is or is derived from an antibody selected from those shown in Table 2.
[0018] In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target.
[0019] In some embodiments, the MM has an equilibrium dissociation
constant for
binding to the AB that is greater than the equilibrium dissociation constant
of the AB to the
target.
[0020] In some embodiments, the MM has an equilibrium dissociation
constant for
binding to the AB that is no more than the equilibrium dissociation constant
of the AB to
the target.
[0021] In some embodiments, the MM does not interfere or compete with the
AB of
the activatable antibody in a cleaved state for binding to the target.
[0022] In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of about 2 to 40
amino acids
in length, for example, no more than 40 amino acids long.
[0023] In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that
of the target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical
to any
natural binding partner of the AB.
[0024] In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that
of the target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 25% identical
to any
natural binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide
sequence is
different from that of the target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more
than 10%
identical to any natural binding partner of the AB.
[0025] In some embodiments, the coupling of the MM to the AB decreases
the
ability of the AB to bind the target such that the dissociation constant (Kd)
of the AB when
coupled to the MM towards the target is at least 20 times greater than the Kd
of the AB
when not coupled to the MM towards the target. In some embodiments, the
coupling of the
MM to the AB decreases the ability of the AB to bind the target such that the
dissociation
constant (Kd) of the AB when coupled to the MM towards the target is at least
40 times
greater than the Kd of the AB when not coupled to the MM towards the target.
In some
embodiments, the coupling of the MM to the AB decreases the ability of the AB
to bind the
target such that the dissociation constant (Kd) of the AB when coupled to the
MM towards
the target is at least 50 times greater than the Kd of the AB when not coupled
to the MM
towards the target. In some embodiments, the coupling of the MM to the AB
decreases the
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ability of the AB to bind the target such that the Kd of the AB when coupled
to the MM
towards the target is at least 100 times greater than the Kd of the AB when
not coupled to
the MM towards the target. In some embodiments, the coupling of the MM to the
AB
decreases the ability of the AB to bind the target such that the Kd of the AB
when coupled to
the MM towards the target is at least 1000 times greater than the Kd of the AB
when not
coupled to the MM towards the target. In some embodiments, the coupling of the
MM to the
AB decreases the ability of the AB to bind the target such that the Kd of the
AB when
coupled to the MM towards the target is at least 10,000 times greater than the
Kd of the AB
when not coupled to the MM towards the target.
[0026] In some embodiments, in the presence of the target, the MM
decreases the
ability of the AB to bind the target by at least 90% when the CM is uncleaved,
as compared
to when the CM is cleaved when assayed in vitro using a target displacement
assay such as,
for example, the assay described in PCT Publication Nos. WO 2009/025846 and WO

2010/081173.
[0027] In some embodiments, the protease is co-localized with the target
in a tissue,
and the protease cleaves the CM in the activatable antibody when the
activatable antibody is
exposed to the protease. In some embodiments, the protease is not active or is
significantly
less active in tissues that do not significantly express the target. In some
embodiments, the
protease is not active or is significantly less active in healthy, e.g., non-
diseased tissues.
[0028] In some embodiments, the CM is a polypeptide of up to 15 amino
acids in
length.
[0029] In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for a protease selected
from the
group consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the CM is a
substrate for
a protease selected from the group consisting of uPA (urokinase plasminogen
activator),
legumain and MT-SP1 (matriptase). In some embodiments, the protease comprises
uPA. In
some embodiments, the protease comprises legumain. In some embodiments, the
protease
comprises MT-SP1.
[0030] In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for at least two
proteases. In
some embodiments, each protease is selected from the group consisting of those
shown in
Table 3. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for at least two
proteases, and one of
the proteases is selected from the group consisting of uPA, legumain and MT-
SP1 and the
other protease is selected from the group consisting of those shown in Table
3. In some
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embodiments, the CM is a substrate for at least two proteases selected from
the group
consisting of uPA, legumain and MT-SP1.
[0031] In some embodiments, the CM is positioned in the activatable
antibody such
that in the uncleaved state, binding of the activatable antibody to the target
is decreased
such that it occurs with an equilibrium dissociation constant that is at least
20-fold greater
than the equilibrium dissociation constant of an unmodified AB binding to the
target, and
whereas the AB of the activatable antibody in the cleaved state binds the
target.
[0032] In some embodiments, the CM is positioned in the activatable
antibody such
that in the uncleaved state, binding of the activatable antibody to the target
is decreased
such that it occurs with an equilibrium dissociation constant that is at least
40-fold greater
than the equilibrium dissociation constant of an unmodified AB binding to the
target, and
whereas the AB of the activatable antibody in the cleaved state binds the
target.
[0033] In some embodiments, the CM is positioned in the activatable
antibody such
that in the uncleaved state, binding of the activatable antibody to the target
is decreased
such that it occurs with an equilibrium dissociation constant that is at least
50-fold greater
than the equilibrium dissociation constant of an unmodified AB binding to the
target, and
whereas the AB of the activatable antibody in the cleaved state binds the
target.
[0034] In some embodiments, the CM is positioned in the activatable
antibody such
that in the uncleaved state, binding of the activatable antibody to the target
is decreased
such that it occurs with an equilibrium dissociation constant that is at least
100-fold greater
than the equilibrium dissociation constant of an unmodified AB binding to the
target, and
whereas the AB of the activatable antibody in the cleaved state binds the
target.
[0035] In some embodiments, the CM is positioned in the activatable
antibody such
that in the uncleaved state, binding of the activatable antibody to the target
is decreased
such that it occurs with an equilibrium dissociation constant that is at least
200-fold greater
than the equilibrium dissociation constant of an unmodified AB binding to the
target, and
whereas the AB of the activatable antibody in the cleaved state binds the
target.
[0036] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking
peptide
between the MM and the CM.
[0037] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking
peptide
between the CM and the AB.
[0038] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first
linking
peptide (LP1) and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody
in the
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uncleaved state has the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus
as follows:
MM-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking
peptides need not be identical to each other.
[0039] In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide of about 1
to 20
amino acids in length.
[0040] In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino
acid
sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)., (GGS)õ, (GSGGS). (SEQ ID
NO: 21)
and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one. In some
embodiments,
at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence selected from the
group
consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID NO:
25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO: 28).
[0041] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody is exposed to and
cleaved by
a protease such that, in the activated or cleaved state, the activated
antibody includes a light
chain amino acid sequence that includes at least a portion of LP2 and/or CM
sequence after
the protease has cleaved the CM.
[0042] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody also includes a
signal
peptide. In some embodiments, the signal peptide is conjugated to the
activatable antibody
via a spacer. In some embodiments, the spacer is conjugated to the activatable
antibody in
the absence of a signal peptide. In some embodiments, the spacer is joined
directly to the
MM of the activatable antibody.
[0043] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in an uncleaved
state
comprises a spacer that is joined directly to the MM and has the structural
arrangement from
N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB. In some embodiments, the spacer
includes at least the amino acid sequence QGQSGQ (SEQ ID NO:11).
[0044] In some embodiments, the AB of the activatable antibody naturally
contains
one or more disulfide bonds. In some embodiments, the AB can be engineered to
include
one or more disulfide bonds.
[0045] In some embodiments, the agent conjugated to the activatable
antibody is a
therapeutic agent. In some embodiments, the agent conjugated to the
activatable antibody is
a diagnostic agent. In some embodiments, the agent conjugated to the
activatable antibody
is a prophylactic agent.
[0046] In some embodiments, the agent is an antineoplastic agent. In some
embodiments, the agent is a toxin or fragment thereof As used herein, a
fragment of a toxin
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is a fragment that retains toxic activity. In some embodiments, the agent is
an agent selected
from the group listed in Table 4. In some embodiments, the agent is a
microtubule inhibitor.
In some embodiments, the agent is a dolastatin. In some embodiments, the agent
is an
auristatin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is auristatin
E or a
derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE). In
some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some
embodiments,
the agent is a maytansinoid or maytansinoid derivative. In some embodiments,
the agent is
DM1 or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent.
In some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof
[0047] In some embodiments, the agent is conjugated to the AB via a
linker. In
some embodiments, the linker is a thiol-containing linker. In some
embodiments, the linker
is a cleavable linker. In some embodiments, the linker is selected from the
group consisting
of the linkers shown in Tables 5 and 6.
[0048] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody also includes a
detectable
moiety. In some embodiments, the detectable moiety is a diagnostic agent. In
some
embodiments, the detectable moiety is a conjugatable detection reagent. In
some
embodiments, the detectable moiety is, for example, a fluorophore, for
example, a
fluorescein derivative such as fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC).
[0049] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody and/or conjugated
activatable
antibody is monospecific. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody and/or
conjugated
activatable antibody is multispecific, e.g., by way of non-limiting example,
bispecific or
trifunctional. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody and/or conjugated
activatable
antibody is formulated as part of a pro-Bispecific T Cell Engager (BITE)
molecule. In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody and/or conjugated activatable antibody
is formulated
as part of a pro-Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) modified T cell or other
engineered
receptor.
[0050] In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the activatable
antibody is
longer than that of the corresponding antibody; e.g., the pK of the
activatable antibody is
longer than that of the corresponding antibody. In some embodiments, the serum
half-life of
the activatable antibody is similar to that of the corresponding antibody. In
some
embodiments, the serum half-life of the activatable antibody is at least 15
days when
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antibody is at least 12 days when administered to an organism. In some
embodiments, the
serum half-life of the activatable antibody is at least 11 days when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the activatable antibody
is at least
days when administered to an organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-
life of the
activatable antibody is at least 9 days when administered to an organism. In
some
embodiments, the serum half-life of the activatable antibody is at least 8
days when
administered to an organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the
activatable
antibody is at least 7 days when administered to an organism. In some
embodiments, the
serum half-life of the activatable antibody is at least 6 days when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 5 days when administered to an organism. In some embodiments, the
serum half-
life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 4 days when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 3 days when administered to an organism. In some embodiments, the
serum half-
life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 2 days when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 24 hours when administered to an organism. In some embodiments,
the serum
half-life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 20 hours when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 18 hours when administered to an organism. In some embodiments,
the serum
half-life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 16 hours when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 14 hours when administered to an organism. In some embodiments,
the serum
half-life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 12 hours when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 10 hours when administered to an organism. In some embodiments,
the serum
half-life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 8 hours when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 6 hours when administered to an organism. In some embodiments, the
serum half-
life of the conjugated activatable antibody is at least 4 hours when
administered to an
organism. In some embodiments, the serum half-life of the conjugated
activatable antibody
is at least 3 hours when administered to an organism.
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[0051] The invention provides partially reduced activatable antibodies in
which at
least one interchain disulfide bond in the activatable antibody has been
reduced with a
reducing agent without disturbing any intrachain disulfide bonds in the
activatable antibody,
wherein the activatable antibody includes an antibody or an antigen binding
fragment
thereof (AB) that specifically binds to a target, a masking moiety (MM) that
inhibits the
binding of the AB of the activatable antibody in an uncleaved state to the
target, and a
cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that
functions as a
substrate for a protease. In some embodiments, one or more intrachain
disulfide bond(s) of
the activatable antibody is not disturbed by the reducing agent. In some
embodiments, one
or more intrachain disulfide bond(s) of the MM within the activatable antibody
is not
disturbed by the reducing agent. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody
in the
uncleaved state has the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus
as follows:
MM-CM-AB or AB-CM-MM. In some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP.
[0052] The invention also provides partially reduced activatable
antibodies in which
at least one interchain disulfide bond in the activatable antibody has been
reduced with a
reducing agent without disturbing or otherwise compromising the activity
and/or efficacy of
the activatable antibody, wherein the activatable antibody includes an
antibody or an
antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds to a target, a
masking moiety
(MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state to
the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, and the CM is a
polypeptide that
functions as a substrate for a protease. The activity and/or efficacy of the
activatable
antibody is, by way of nonlimiting example, masking activity, activation of
the activatable
antibody, and/or binding activity of the activated activatable antibody. In
some
embodiments, one or more intrachain disulfide bond(s) of the activatable
antibody is not
disturbed by the reducing agent. In some embodiments, one or more intrachain
disulfide
bond(s) of the MM within the activatable antibody is not disturbed by the
reducing agent. In
some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved state has the
structural
arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or AB-CM-MM. In

some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP.
[0053] In some embodiments, the partially reduced activatable antibody is
conjugated to an agent through at least one interchain thiol. In some
embodiments, the agent
is selected from the group of agents listed in Table 4. In some embodiments,
the agent is a
toxin or fragment thereof In some embodiments, the agent is a microtubule
inhibitor. In
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some embodiments, the agent is a dolastatin. In some embodiments, the agent is
an
auristatin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is auristatin
E or a
derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE). In
some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some
embodiments,
the agent is a maytansinoid or a derivative thereof In some embodiments, the
agent is DM1
or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent. In
some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent
is conjugated
to the AB via a linker. In some embodiments, the linker is a cleavable linker.
In some
embodiments, the agent is a detectable moiety. In some embodiments, the
detectable moiety
is a diagnostic agent.
[0054] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected from
the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some embodiments, the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
has an
equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater than
the equilibrium
dissociation constant of the AB to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
does not
interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a cleaved
state for binding to
the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more than 40
amino acids
in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that of the
target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural
binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not include more
than 25%
amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments, the MM does
not include
more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the
protease is co-
localized with the target in a tissue, and the protease cleaves the CM in the
activatable
antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease. In some
embodiments,
the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the
CM and the
AB. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first linking
peptide (LP1)
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and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-
LP2-
AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking peptides need not
be
identical to each other. In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide
of about 1
to 20 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2
includes an
amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)õ, (GGS)õ,
(GSGGS). (SEQ
ID NO: 21) and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one.
In some
embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected from the
group consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID

NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO:
28). In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from
the group
consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM
and has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0055] The
invention also provides partially reduced activatable antibodies in which
at least one disulfide bond between the activatable antibody and a second
molecule has been
reduced with a reducing agent without disturbing any intrachain disulfide
bonds in the
activatable antibody, wherein the activatable antibody includes an antibody or
an antigen
binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds to a target, a masking
moiety (MM)
that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state to the
target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, and the CM is a
polypeptide that
functions as a substrate for a protease. In some embodiments, the second
molecule is
cysteine. In some embodiments, the second molecule is glutathione.
[0056] The
invention also provides partially reduced activatable antibodies in which
at least one disulfide bond between the activatable antibody and a second
molecule has been
reduced with a reducing agent without disturbing or otherwise compromising the
activity
and/or efficacy of the activatable antibody, wherein the activatable antibody
includes an
antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds
to a target, a
masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB,
and the CM is
a polypeptide that functions as a substrate for a protease. The activity
and/or efficacy of the
activatable antibody is, by way of nonlimiting example, masking activity,
activation of the
activatable antibody, and/or binding activity of the activated activatable
antibody. In some
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embodiments, the second molecule is cysteine. In some embodiments, the second
molecule
is glutathione.
[0057] In some embodiments, the partial reduction method does not disturb
one or
more intrachain disulfide bonds of the activatable antibody. In some
embodiments, the
method does not disturb one or more intrachain disulfide bonds of the MM
within the
activatable antibody.
[0058] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM. In some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP.
[0059] In some embodiments, the partially reduced activatable antibody is
conjugated to an agent through at least one thiol. In some embodiments, the
agent is
selected from the group of agents listed in Table 4. In some embodiments, the
agent is a
toxin or fragment thereof In some embodiments, the agent is a microtubule
inhibitor. In
some embodiments, the agent is a dolastatin. In some embodiments, the agent is
an
auristatin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is auristatin
E or a
derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE). In
some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some
embodiments,
the agent is a maytansinoid or a derivative thereof In some embodiments, the
agent is DM1
or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent. In
some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent
is conjugated
to the AB via a linker. In some embodiments, the linker is a cleavable linker.
In some
embodiments, the agent is a detectable moiety. In some embodiments, the
detectable moiety
is a diagnostic agent.
[0060] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected from
the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some embodiments, the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
has an
equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater than
the equilibrium
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interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a cleaved
state for binding to
the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more than 40
amino acids
in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that of the
target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural
binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not include more
than 25%
amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments, the MM does
not include
more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the
protease is co-
localized with the target in a tissue, and the protease cleaves the CM in the
activatable
antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease. In some
embodiments,
the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the
CM and the
AB. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first linking
peptide (LP1)
and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-
LP2-
AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking peptides need not
be
identical to each other. In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide
of about 1
to 20 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2
includes an
amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)õ, (GGS,
(GSGGS). (SEQ
ID NO: 21) and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one.
In some
embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected from the
group consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID

NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO:
28). In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from
the group
consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM
and has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0061] The invention provides methods of selectively conjugating an agent
to an
activatable antibody. For example, the invention provides a method of
partially reducing
and conjugating an agent to an activatable antibody resulting in selectivity
in the placement
of the agent by partially reducing at least one interchain disulfide bond in
the activatable
antibody with a reducing agent without disturbing any intrachain disulfide
bonds in the
activatable antibody, and conjugating the agent to at least one interchain
thiol, wherein the
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activatable antibody includes an antibody or an antigen binding fragment
thereof (AB) that
specifically binds to a target, a masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the
binding of the AB of
the activatable antibody in an uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable
moiety (CM)
coupled to the AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate
for a protease.
[0062] The invention also provides a method of partially reducing and
conjugating
an agent to an activatable antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement
of the agent by
partially reducing at least one interchain disulfide bond in the activatable
antibody with a
reducing agent without disturbing or otherwise compromising the activity
and/or efficacy of
the activatable antibody, wherein the activatable antibody includes an
antibody or an
antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds to a target, a
masking moiety
(MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state to
the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, and the CM is a
polypeptide that
functions as a substrate for a protease. The activity and/or efficacy of the
activatable
antibody is, by way of nonlimiting example, masking activity, activation of
the activatable
antibody, and/or binding activity of the activated activatable antibody.
[0063] In some embodiments, the method does not disturb one or more
intrachain
disulfide bonds of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the method
does not
disturb one or more intrachain disulfide bonds of the MM within the
activatable antibody.
[0064] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM. In some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP. In some embodiments, the
agent is
selected from the group of agents listed in Table 4. In some embodiments, the
agent is a
toxin or fragment thereof In some embodiments, the agent is a microtubule
inhibitor. In
some embodiments, the agent is a dolastatin. In some embodiments, the agent is
an
auristatin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is auristatin
E or a
derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE). In
some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some
embodiments,
the agent is a maytansinoid or a derivative thereof In some embodiments, the
agent is DM1
or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent. In
some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent
is conjugated
to the AB via a linker. In some embodiments, the linker is a cleavable linker.
In some
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embodiments, the agent is a detectable moiety. In some embodiments, the
detectable moiety
is a diagnostic agent.
[0065] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected from
the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some embodiments, the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
has an
equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater than
the equilibrium
dissociation constant of the AB to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
does not
interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a cleaved
state for binding to
the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more than 40
amino acids
in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that of the
target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural
binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not include more
than 25%
amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments, the MM does
not include
more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the
protease is co-
localized with the target in a tissue, and the protease cleaves the CM in the
activatable
antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease. In some
embodiments,
the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the
CM and the
AB. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first linking
peptide (LP1)
and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-
LP2-
AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking peptides need not
be
identical to each other. In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide
of about 1
to 20 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2
includes an
amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)õ, (GGS,
(GSGGS). (SEQ
ID NO: 21) and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one.
In some
embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected from the
group consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID
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NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO:
28). In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from
the group
consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM
and has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0066] The invention provides a method of partially reducing and
conjugating an
agent to an activatable antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement of
the agent by
partially reducing at least one disulfide bond between the activatable
antibody and a second
molecule with a reducing agent without disturbing any intrachain disulfide
bonds in the
activatable antibody, and conjugating the agent to at least one thiol, wherein
the activatable
antibody includes an antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that
specifically
binds to a target, a masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB
of the
activatable antibody in an uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable
moiety (CM)
coupled to the AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate
for a protease.
In some embodiments, the second molecule is cysteine. In some embodiments, the
second
molecule is glutathione.
[0067] The invention also provides a method of partially reducing and
conjugating
an agent to an activatable antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement
of the agent by
partially reducing at least one disulfide bond between the activatable
antibody and a second
molecule with a reducing agent without disturbing or otherwise compromising
the activity
and/or efficacy of the activatable antibody, wherein the activatable antibody
includes an
antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds
to a target, a
masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB,
and the CM is
a polypeptide that functions as a substrate for a protease. The activity
and/or efficacy of the
activatable antibody is, by way of nonlimiting example, masking activity,
activation of the
activatable antibody, and/or binding activity of the activated activatable
antibody. In some
embodiments, the second molecule is cysteine. In some embodiments, the second
molecule
is glutathione.
[0068] In some embodiments, the method does not disturb one or more
intrachain
disulfide bonds of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the method
does not
disturb one or more intrachain disulfide bonds of the MM within the
activatable antibody.
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[0069] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM. In some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP. In some embodiments, the
agent is
selected from the group of agents listed in Table 4. In some embodiments, the
agent is a
toxin or fragment thereof In some embodiments, the agent is a microtubule
inhibitor. In
some embodiments, the agent is a dolastatin. In some embodiments, the agent is
an
auristatin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is auristatin
E or a
derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE). In
some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some
embodiments,
the agent is a maytansinoid or a derivative thereof In some embodiments, the
agent is DM1
or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent. In
some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent
is conjugated
to the AB via a linker. In some embodiments, the linker is a cleavable linker.
In some
embodiments, the agent is a detectable moiety. In some embodiments, the
detectable moiety
is a diagnostic agent.
[0070] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected from
the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some embodiments, the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
has an
equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater than
the equilibrium
dissociation constant of the AB to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
does not
interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a cleaved
state for binding to
the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more than 40
amino acids
in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that of the
target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural
binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not include more
than 25%
amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments, the MM does
not include
more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the
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localized with the target in a tissue, and the protease cleaves the CM in the
activatable
antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease. In some
embodiments,
the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the
CM and the
AB. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first linking
peptide (LP1)
and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-
LP2-
AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking peptides need not
be
identical to each other. In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide
of about 1
to 20 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2
includes an
amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)õ, (GGS)õ,
(GSGGS). (SEQ
ID NO: 21) and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one.
In some
embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected from the
group consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID

NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO:
28). In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from
the group
consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM
and has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0071] The invention also provides a method of partially reducing an
activatable
antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement of one or more potential
conjugation sites
in the activatable antibody by partially reducing at least one interchain
disulfide bond in the
activatable antibody with a reducing agent without disturbing any intrachain
disulfide bonds
in the activatable antibody, wherein the activatable antibody includes an
antibody or an
antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds to a target, a
masking moiety
(MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state to
the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, and the CM is a
polypeptide that
functions as a substrate for a protease.
[0072] The invention also provides a method of partially reducing an
activatable
antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement of one or more potential
conjugation sites
in the activatable antibody by partially reducing at least one interchain
disulfide bond in the
activatable antibody with a reducing agent without disturbing or otherwise
compromising
the activity and/or efficacy of the activatable antibody, wherein the
activatable antibody
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includes an antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that
specifically binds to
a target, a masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the
activatable
antibody in an uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM)
coupled to the
AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate for a protease.
The activity
and/or efficacy of the activatable antibody is, by way of nonlimiting example,
masking
activity, activation of the activatable antibody, and/or binding activity of
the activated
activatable antibody.
[0073] In some embodiments, the method does not disturb one or more
intrachain
disulfide bonds of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the method
does not
disturb one or more intrachain disulfide bonds of the MM within the
activatable antibody.
[0074] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM. In some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP.
[0075] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected from
the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some embodiments, the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
has an
equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater than
the equilibrium
dissociation constant of the AB to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
does not
interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a cleaved
state for binding to
the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more than 40
amino acids
in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that of the
target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural
binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not include more
than 25%
amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments, the MM does
not include
more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the
protease is co-
localized with the target in a tissue, and the protease cleaves the CM in the
activatable
antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease. In some
embodiments,
the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
In some
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embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the
CM and the
AB. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first linking
peptide (LP1)
and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-
LP2-
AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking peptides need not
be
identical to each other. In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide
of about 1
to 20 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2
includes an
amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)õ, (GGS)õ,
(GSGGS). (SEQ
ID NO: 21) and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one.
In some
embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected from the
group consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID

NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO:
28). In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from
the group
consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM
and has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0076] The invention also provides a method of partially reducing an
activatable
antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement of one or more potential
conjugation sites
in the activatable antibody by partially reducing at least one disulfide bond
between the
activatable antibody and a second molecule with a reducing agent without
disturbing any
intrachain disulfide bonds in the activatable antibody, wherein the
activatable antibody
includes an antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that
specifically binds to
a target, a masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB of the
activatable
antibody in an uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable moiety (CM)
coupled to the
AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate for a protease.
In some
embodiments, the second molecule is cysteine. In some embodiments, the second
molecule
is glutathione.
[0077] The invention also provides a method of partially reducing an
activatable
antibody resulting in selectivity in the placement of one or more potential
conjugation sites
in the activatable antibody by partially reducing at least one disulfide bond
between the
activatable antibody and a second molecule with a reducing agent without
disturbing or
otherwise compromising the activity and/or efficacy of the activatable
antibody, wherein the
activatable antibody includes an antibody or an antigen binding fragment
thereof (AB) that
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specifically binds to a target, a masking moiety (MM) that inhibits the
binding of the AB of
the activatable antibody in an uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable
moiety (CM)
coupled to the AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate
for a protease.
The activity and/or efficacy of the activatable antibody is, by way of
nonlimiting example,
masking activity, activation of the activatable antibody, and/or binding
activity of the
activated activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the second molecule is
cysteine. In
some embodiments, the second molecule is glutathione.
[0078] In some embodiments, the method does not disturb one or more
intrachain
disulfide bonds of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the method
does not
disturb one or more intrachain disulfide bonds of the MM within the
activatable antibody.
[0079] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM. In some embodiments, reducing agent is TCEP. In some embodiments, the
agent is
selected from the group of agents listed in Table 4. In some embodiments, the
agent is a
toxin or fragment thereof In some embodiments, the agent is a microtubule
inhibitor. In
some embodiments, the agent is a dolastatin. In some embodiments, the agent is
an
auristatin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is auristatin
E or a
derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E
(MMAE). In
some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some
embodiments,
the agent is a maytansinoid or a derivative thereof In some embodiments, the
agent is DM1
or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent. In
some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof In some embodiments, the agent
is conjugated
to the AB via a linker. In some embodiments, the linker is a cleavable linker.
In some
embodiments, the agent is a detectable moiety. In some embodiments, the
detectable moiety
is a diagnostic agent.
[0080] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
selected from
the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some embodiments, the antigen
binding
fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment,
a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody, and a single
domain light
chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium dissociation
constant of
about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
has an
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equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater than
the equilibrium
dissociation constant of the AB to the target. In some embodiments, the MM
does not
interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a cleaved
state for binding to
the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more than 40
amino acids
in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from
that of the
target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural
binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not include more
than 25%
amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments, the MM does
not include
more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the
protease is co-
localized with the target in a tissue, and the protease cleaves the CM in the
activatable
antibody when the activatable antibody is exposed to the protease. In some
embodiments,
the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the MM and the CM.
In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking peptide between the
CM and the
AB. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a first linking
peptide (LP1)
and a second linking peptide (LP2), and the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved state has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-
LP2-
AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some embodiments, the two linking peptides need not
be
identical to each other. In some embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide
of about 1
to 20 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2
includes an
amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of (GS)., (GGS).,
(GSGGS). (SEQ
ID NO: 21) and (GGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one.
In some
embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected from the
group consisting of GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID

NO: 25), GSGGG (SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO:
28). In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from
the group
consisting of those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody in an
uncleaved state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM
and has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0081] The
invention also provides conjugated activatable antibodies that include an
activatable antibody linked to monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD) payload, wherein
the
activatable antibody includes an antibody or an antigen binding fragment
thereof (AB) that
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the activatable antibody in an uncleaved state to the target, and a cleavable
moiety (CM)
coupled to the AB, and the CM is a polypeptide that functions as a substrate
for a protease.
[0082] In some embodiments, the MMAD-conjugated activatable antibody can
be
conjugated using any of several methods for attaching agents to ABs: (a)
attachment to the
carbohydrate moieties of the AB, or (b) attachment to sulfhydryl groups of the
AB, or (c)
attachment to amino groups of the AB, or (d) attachment to carboxylate groups
of the AB.
[0083] In some embodiments, the MMAD payload is conjugated to the AB via
a
linker. In some embodiments, the MMAD payload is conjugated to a cysteine in
the AB via
a linker. In some embodiments, the MMAD payload is conjugated to a lysine in
the AB via
a linker. In some embodiments, the MMAD payload is conjugated to another
residue of the
AB via a linker, such as those residues disclosed herein. In some embodiments,
the linker is
a thiol-containing linker. In some embodiments, the linker is a cleavable
linker. In some
embodiments, the linker is a non-cleavable linker. In some embodiments, the
linker is
selected from the group consisting of the linkers shown in Tables 5 and 6. In
some
embodiments, the activatable antibody and the MMAD payload are linked via a
maleimide
caproyl-valine-citrulline linker. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody and the
MMAD payload are linked via a maleimide PEG-valine-citrulline linker. In some
embodiments, the activatable antibody and the MMAD payload are linked via a
maleimide
caproyl-valine-citrulline-para-aminobenzyloxycarbonyl linker. In some
embodiments, the
activatable antibody and the MMAD payload are linked via a maleimide PEG-
valine-
citrulline-para-aminobenzyloxycarbonyl linker. In some embodiments, the MMAD
payload
is conjugated to the AB using the partial reduction and conjugation technology
disclosed
herein.
[0084] In some embodiments, the target is selected from the group of
targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the target is EGFR. In some embodiments, the
target is a
Jagged protein, e.g., Jagged 1 and/or Jagged 2. In some embodiments, the
target is
interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6R). In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived
from an
antibody selected from the group of antibodies listed in Table 2. In some
embodiments, the
antigen binding fragment thereof is selected from the group consisting of a
Fab fragment, a
F(ab')2 fragment, a scFv, a scAb, a dAb, a single domain heavy chain antibody,
and a single
domain light chain antibody. In some embodiments, the AB has an equilibrium
dissociation
constant of about 100 nM or less for binding to the target. In some
embodiments, the MM
has an equilibrium dissociation constant for binding to the AB that is greater
than the
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equilibrium dissociation constant of the AB to the target. In some
embodiments, the MM
does not interfere or compete with the AB of the activatable antibody in a
cleaved state for
binding to the target. In some embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of no more
than 40
amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is
different
from that of the target, and the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50%
identical to
any natural binding partner of the AB. In some embodiments, the MM does not
include
more than 25% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In some embodiments,
the MM
does not include more than 10% amino acid sequence identity to the target. In
some
embodiments, the CM is a polypeptide of up to 15 amino acids in length. In
some
embodiments, the protease is co-localized with the target in a tissue, and the
protease
cleaves the CM in the activatable antibody when the activatable antibody is
exposed to the
protease. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a linking
peptide between
the MM and the CM. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody includes a
linking
peptide between the CM and the AB. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody
includes a first linking peptide (LP1) and a second linking peptide (LP2), and
the activatable
antibody in an uncleaved state has the structural arrangement from N-terminus
to C-
terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some
embodiments, the two linking peptides need not be identical to each other. In
some
embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide of about 1 to 20 amino acids in
length. In
some embodiments, at least one of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence
selected
from the group consisting of (GS)., (GGS)., (GSGGS). (SEQ ID NO: 21) and
(GGGS).
(SEQ ID NO: 22), where n is an integer of at least one. In some embodiments,
at least one
of LP1 or LP2 includes an amino acid sequence selected from the group
consisting of
GGSG (SEQ ID NO: 23), GGSGG (SEQ ID NO: 24), GSGSG (SEQ ID NO: 25), GSGGG
(SEQ ID NO: 26), GGGSG (SEQ ID NO: 27), and GSSSG (SEQ ID NO: 28). In some
embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an enzyme selected from the group
consisting of
those shown in Table 3. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in an
uncleaved
state includes a spacer, and the spacer is joined directly to the MM and has
the structural
arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus of spacer-MM-CM-AB.
[0085] The invention provides methods of treating, preventing and/or
delaying the
onset or progression of, or alleviating a symptom of an indication, e.g.,
disease or disorder,
associated with expression and/or activity of the target in a subject using a
conjugated
activatable antibody that in an activated state binds the target, particularly
a conjugated
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activatable antibody that binds and neutralizes or otherwise inhibits at least
one biological
activity of the target. Suitable conjugated activatable antibodies for use in
any of the
methods and kits of the invention include any of the conjugated activatable
antibodies
described herein, including any partially conjugated activatable antibodies
and/or partially
reduced activatable antibodies described herein.
[0086] In some embodiments, the invention provides methods of treating,
preventing and/or delaying the onset or progression of, or alleviating a
symptom of an
indication, e.g., disease or disorder, associated with a detectable level of
expression and/or
activity of the target in a subject using a conjugated activatable antibody
that in an activated
state binds the target, particularly a conjugated activatable antibody that
binds and
neutralizes or otherwise inhibits at least one biological activity of the
target. In some
embodiments, the conjugated activatable antibody in an activated state binds
the target and
is internalized. In some embodiments, the detectable level of expression
and/or activity of
the target is found in at least one intended site of therapy and/or diagnosis.
In some
embodiments, the detectable level of expression and/or activity of the target
is found in
normal, e.g., healthy, tissue, and the conjugated activatable antibody is
activated at the
intended site(s) of therapy and/or diagnosis but not in the normal, e.g.,
healthy, tissue. The
conjugated activatable antibody is activated, for example, by a protease that
is co-localized
with the target at the intended site(s) of therapy and/or diagnosis. In some
embodiments, the
detectable level of expression and/or activity of the target is found in at
least one intended
site of therapy and/or diagnosis and in normal, e.g., healthy, tissue, and the
conjugated
activatable antibody is activated at the intended site(s) of therapy and/or
diagnosis but not in
the normal, e.g., healthy, tissue. The conjugated activatable antibody is
activated, for
example, by a protease that is co-localized with the target at the intended
site(s) of therapy
and/or diagnosis.
[0087] In some embodiments, the indication, e.g., disease or disorder,
associated
with expression and/or activity of the target is a cancer. In some
embodiments, the
indication, e.g., disease or disorder, associated with expression and/or
activity of the target
is an inflammatory disorder and/or an autoimmune disease.
[0088] The invention also provides methods of inhibiting angiogenesis in
a subject
by administering a therapeutically effective amount of a conjugated
activatable antibody
described herein to a subject in need thereof
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[0089] The conjugated activatable antibody can be administered at any
stage of the
disease. In some embodiments, a conjugated activatable antibody can be
administered to a
patient suffering cancer of any stage, from early to metastatic. In some
embodiments, a
conjugated activatable antibody can be administered to a patient suffering
from an
inflammatory disorder and/or autoimmune disease of any stage, from early onset
to an
advanced stage. It is to be understood that the terms subject and patient are
used
interchangeably herein.
[0090] The conjugated activatable antibodies are also useful in other
therapeutic
indications and treatment regimens. For example, the conjugated activatable
antibodies of
the embodiments provided herein can be used in a treatment regimen that
includes
neoadjuvant therapy.
[0091] In some embodiments, a conjugated activatable antibody is
administered in
combination with one or more additional agents such as, by way of non-limiting
example, a
chemotherapeutic agent, such as an alkylating agent, an anti-metabolite, an
anti-microtubule
agent, a topoisomerase inhibitor, a cytotoxic antibiotic, and any other
nucleic acid damaging
agent. In some embodiments, the additional agent is a taxane, such as
paclitaxel (e.g.,
Abraxane0). In some embodiments, the additional agent is an anti-metabolite,
such as
gemcitabine. In some embodiments, the additional agent is an alkylating agent,
such as
platinum-based chemotherapy, such as carboplatin or cisplatin. In some
embodiments, the
additional agent is a targeted agent, such as a kinase inhibitor, e.g.,
sorafenib or erlotinib. In
some embodiments, the additional agent is a targeted agent, such as another
antibody, e.g., a
monoclonal antibody (e.g., bevacizumab), a bispecific antibody, or a
multispecific antibody.
In some embodiments, the additional agent is a proteosome inhibitor, such as
bortezomib or
carfilzomib. In some embodiments, the additional agent is an immune modulating
agent,
such as lenolidominde or IL-2. In some embodiments, the additional agent is
radiation. In
some embodiments, the additional agent is an agent considered standard of care
by those
skilled in the art. In some embodiments, the additional agent is a
chemotherapeutic agent
well known to those skilled in the art. In some embodiments, the conjugated
activatable
antibody and the additional agent(s) are formulated in a single composition.
In some
embodiments, the conjugated activatable antibody and the additional agent(s)
are
administered as two or more separate compositions. In some embodiments, the
conjugated
activatable antibody and the additional agent(s) are administered
simultaneously. In some
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embodiments, the conjugated activatable antibody and the additional agent(s)
are
administered sequentially.
[0092] In some embodiments, the subject is a mammal. In some embodiments,
the
subject is a human. In some embodiments, the subject is a non-human mammal,
such as a
non-human primate, companion animal (e.g., cat, dog, horse), farm animal, work
animal, or
zoo animal. In some embodiments, the subject is a rodent. In some embodiments,
the
subject is a human. In some embodiments, the subject is a companion animal. In
some
embodiments, the subject is an animal in the care of a veterinarian.
[0093] The conjugated activatable antibody and therapeutic formulations
thereof are
administered to a subject suffering from or susceptible to a disease or
disorder associated
with expression and/or activity of the target. A subject suffering from or
susceptible to a
disease or disorder associated with expression and/or activity of the target
is identified using
any of a variety of methods known in the art. For example, subjects suffering
from cancer or
other neoplastic condition are identified using any of a variety of clinical
and/or laboratory
tests such as, physical examination and blood, urine and stool analysis to
evaluate health
status.
[0094] Administration of a conjugated activatable antibody to a patient
suffering
from a disease or disorder associated with target expression and/or activity
is considered
successful if any of a variety of laboratory or clinical objectives is
achieved. For example,
administration of a conjugated activatable antibody to a patient suffering
from a disease or
disorder associated with target expression and/or activity is considered
successful if one or
more of the symptoms associated with the disease or disorder is alleviated,
reduced,
inhibited or does not progress to a further, i.e., worse, state.
Administration of a conjugated
activatable antibody to a patient suffering from a disease or disorder
associated with target
expression and/or activity is considered successful if the disease enters
remission or does
not progress to a further, i.e., worse, state.
[0095] The invention also provides methods of using conjugated
activatable
antibodies that bind the target in a variety of diagnostic and/or prophylactic
indications, as
well as kits for use in these methods. In some embodiments of these methods
and/or kits,
the conjugated activatable antibody includes a detectable label. In some
embodiments of
these methods and/or kits, the detectable label includes an imaging agent, a
contrasting
agent, an enzyme, a fluorescent label, a chromophore, a dye, one or more metal
ions, or a
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comprises a radioisotope. In some embodiments of these methods, the
radioisotope is
indium or technetium. In some embodiments of these methods, the radioisotope
is or is
derived from iodine. In some embodiments of these methods, the radioisotope is
1251 or 1331.
In some embodiments of these methods and/or kits, the contrasting agent
comprises iodine,
gadolinium or iron oxide. In some embodiments of these methods and/or kits,
the enzyme
comprises horseradish peroxidase, alkaline phosphatase, or 13-ga1actosidase.
In some
embodiments of these methods and/or kits, the fluorescent label comprises
yellow
fluorescent protein (YFP), cyan fluorescent protein (CFP), green fluorescent
protein (GFP),
modified red fluorescent protein (mRFP), red fluorescent protein tdimer2 (RFP
tdimer2),
HCRED, or a europium derivative. In some embodiments of these methods and/or
kits, the
luminescent label comprises an N- methylacrydium derivative. In some
embodiments of
these methods and/or kits, the label comprises an Alexa Fluor label, such as
Alex Fluor
680 or Alexa Fluor 750. In some embodiments of these methods and/or kits, the
ligand-
based label comprises biotin, avidin, streptavidin or one or more haptens.
[0096] In some embodiments of these methods and/or kits, the subject is a
mammal.
In some embodiments of these methods and/or kits, the subject is a human. In
some
embodiments, the subject is a non-human mammal, such as a non-human primate,
companion animal (e.g., cat, dog, horse), farm animal, work animal, or zoo
animal. In some
embodiments, the subject is a rodent. In some embodiments, the subject is a
human. In some
embodiments, the subject is a companion animal. In some embodiments, the
subject is an
animal in the care of a veterinarian.
[0097] The invention also provides methods of using the conjugated
activatable
antibodies (i.e., activatable antibody conjugates) in a variety of diagnostic
and/or
prophylactic indications. For example, the invention provides methods of
detecting presence
or absence of a cleaving agent and a target of interest in a subject or a
sample by (i)
contacting a subject or sample with a conjugated activatable antibody and (ii)
measuring a
level of conjugated activatable antibody in the subject or sample, wherein a
detectable level
of activated conjugated activatable antibody in the subject or sample
indicates that the
cleaving agent and the target are present in the subject or sample and wherein
no detectable
level of activated conjugated activatable antibody in the subject or sample
indicates that the
cleaving agent, the target or both the cleaving agent and the target are
absent in the subject
or sample. In some embodiments an unconjugated activatable antibody
corresponding to the
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activatable antibody conjugated in the conjugated activatable antibody is used
to contact the
subject or sample.
[0098] The invention also provides methods of detecting presence or
absence of a
cleaving agent in a subject or a sample by (i) contacting a subject or sample
with a
conjugated activatable antibody in the presence of the target, and (ii)
measuring a level of
activated conjugated activatable antibody in the subject or sample, wherein a
detectable
level of activated conjugated activatable antibody in the subject or sample
indicates that the
cleaving agent is present in the subject or sample and wherein no detectable
level of
conjugated activatable antibody in the subject or sample indicates that the
cleaving agent is
absent in the subject or sample. In some embodiments an unconjugated
activatable antibody
corresponding to the activatable antibody conjugated in the conjugated
activatable antibody
is used to contact the subject or sample.
[0099] The invention also provides methods of detecting presence or
absence of a
cleaving agent in a subject or a sample by (i) contacting a subject or sample
with a
conjugated activatable antibody; and (ii) measuring a level of detectable
label in the subject
or sample, wherein a detectable level of the detectable label in the subject
or sample
indicates that the cleaving agent is absent in the subject or sample and
wherein no detectable
level of the detectable label in the subject or sample indicates that the
cleaving agent is
present in the subject or sample. In some embodiments an unconjugated
activatable
antibody corresponding to the activatable antibody conjugated in the
conjugated activatable
antibody is used to contact the subject or sample.
[00100] In some embodiments of these methods, the conjugated activatable
antibody
or corresponding unconjugated activatable antibody includes a detectable label
selected
from the group consisting of an imaging agent, a contrasting agent, an enzyme,
a fluorescent
label, a chromophore, a dye, one or more metal ions, and a ligand-based label.
In some
embodiments of these methods, the imaging agent comprises a radioisotope. In
some
embodiments of these methods, the radioisotope is indium or technetium. In
some
embodiments of these methods, the contrasting agent comprises iodine,
gadolinium or iron
oxide. In some embodiments of these methods, the enzyme comprises horseradish
peroxidase, alkaline phosphatase, or 13-ga1actosidase. In some embodiments of
these
methods, the fluorescent label comprises yellow fluorescent protein (YFP),
cyan fluorescent
protein (CFP), green fluorescent protein (GFP), modified red fluorescent
protein (mRFP),
red fluorescent protein tdimer2 (RFP tdimer2), HCRED, or a europium
derivative. In some
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embodiments of these methods, the luminescent label comprises an N-
methylacrydium
derivative. In some embodiments of these methods, the label comprises an Alexa
Fluor
label, such as Alex Fluor 680 or Alexa Fluor 750. In some embodiments of
these
methods, the ligand-based label comprises biotin, avidin, streptavidin or one
or more
haptens.
[00101] In some embodiments of these methods, the subject is a mammal. In
some
embodiments of these methods, the subject is a human. In some embodiments, the
subject is
a non-human mammal, such as a non-human primate, companion animal (e.g., cat,
dog,
horse), farm animal, work animal, or zoo animal. In some embodiments, the
subject is a
rodent. In some embodiments, the subject is a human. In some embodiments, the
subject is a
companion animal. In some embodiments, the subject is an animal in the care of
a
veterinarian.
[00102] In some embodiments of these methods, the method is an in vivo
method. In
some embodiments of these methods, the method is an in situ method. In some
embodiments of these methods, the method is an ex vivo method. In some
embodiments of
these methods, the method is an in vitro method.
[00103] In some embodiments of the methods, the method is used to identify
or
otherwise refine a patient population suitable for treatment with a conjugated
activatable
antibody of the disclosure. For example, patients that test positive for both
the target and a
protease that cleaves the substrate in the cleavable moiety (CM) of the
conjugated
activatable antibody being tested in these methods are identified as suitable
candidates for
treatment with such a conjugated activatable antibody comprising such a CM.
Likewise,
patients that test negative for either or both of the target and the protease
that cleaves the
substrate in the CM in the conjugated activatable antibody or corresponding
unconjugated
activatable antibody being tested using these methods might be identified as
suitable
candidates for another form of therapy. In some embodiments, such patients can
be tested
with other activatable antibodies and/or conjugated activatable antibodies
until a suitable
conjugated activatable antibody for treatment is identified (e.g., a
conjugated activatable
antibody comprising a CM that is cleaved by the patient at the site of
disease).
[00104] In some embodiments of the methods, the method is used to identify
or
otherwise refine a patient population suitable for treatment with a conjugated
activatable
antibody of the disclosure followed by treatment by administering that
conjugated
activatable antibody to a subject in need thereof For example, patients that
test positive for
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both the target and a protease that cleaves the substrate in the cleavable
moiety (CM) of the
conjugated activatable antibody or corresponding unconjugated activatable
antibody being
tested in these methods are identified as suitable candidates for treatment
with such a
conjugated activatable antibody comprising such a CM, and the patient is then
administered
a therapeutically effective amount of the conjugated activatable antibody.
Likewise, patients
that test negative for either or both of the target and the protease that
cleaves the substrate in
the CM in the conjugated activatable antibody or corresponding unconjugated
activatable
antibody being tested using these methods might be identified as suitable
candidates for
another form of therapy. In some embodiments, such patients can be tested with
other
activatable antibodies and/or conjugated activatable antibodies until a
conjugated
activatable antibody for treatment is identified (e.g., a conjugated
activatable antibody
comprising a CM that is cleaved by the patient at the site of disease). In
some embodiments,
the patient is then administered a therapeutically effective amount of the
conjugated
activatable antibody for which the patient tested positive.
[00105] The invention also provides conjugated activatable antibodies that
in an
activated state bind a target, wherein the conjugated activatable antibody
includes an
antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds
to the target,
wherein the AB is conjugated to monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD); a masking
moiety
(MM) that inhibits the binding of the AB to the target when the activatable
antibody is in an
uncleaved state; and a cleavable moiety (CM) coupled to the AB, wherein the CM
is a
polypeptide that functions as a substrate for a protease.
[00106] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody in the uncleaved
state has the
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or
AB-CM-
MM. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody comprises a linking peptide
between
the MM and the CM. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody comprises a
linking
peptide between the CM and the AB. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody
comprises a first linking peptide (LP1) and a second linking peptide (LP2),
and wherein the
activatable antibody in the uncleaved state has the structural arrangement
from N-terminus
to C-terminus as follows: MM-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-MM. In some
embodiments, the two linking peptides need not be identical to each other. In
some
embodiments, each of LP1 and LP2 is a peptide of about 1 to 20 amino acids in
length.
[00107] In some embodiments, he MM has an equilibrium dissociation
constant for
binding to the AB which is greater than the equilibrium dissociation constant
of the AB to
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the target. In some embodiments, the MM does not interfere or compete with the
AB for
binding to the target when the activatable antibody is in a cleaved state. In
some
embodiments, the MM is a polypeptide of about no more than 40 amino acids in
length. In
some embodiments, the MM polypeptide sequence is different from that of the
target and
wherein the MM polypeptide sequence is no more than 50% identical to any
natural binding
partner of the AB.
[00108] In some embodiments, the protease is co-localized with the target
in a tissue,
and wherein the protease cleaves the CM in the activatable antibody when the
activatable
antibody is exposed to the protease. In some embodiments, the CM is a
polypeptide of up to
15 amino acids in length. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an
enzyme
selected from the group consisting of those shown in Table 3.
[00109] In some embodiments, the antigen binding fragment thereof is
selected from
the group consisting of a Fab fragment, a F(ab')2 fragment, a scFv, a scab, a
dAb, a single
domain heavy chain antibody, and a single domain light chain antibody. In some

embodiments, the target for the AB is selected from the group consisting of
the targets listed
in Table 1. In some embodiments, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
listed in Table 2.
[00110] In some embodiments, the MMAD is conjugated to the AB via a
linker. In
some embodiments, linker is a cleavable linker. In some embodiments, the
linker is a non-
cleavable linker. In some embodiments, the linker is selected from the group
consisting of
the linkers shown in Tables 5 and 6. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody and the
MMAD payload are linked via a maleimide caproyl-valine-citrulline linker. In
some
embodiments, the activatable antibody and the MMAD payload are linked via a
maleimide
PEG-valine-citrulline linker. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody
and the
MMAD payload are linked via a maleimide caproyl-valine-citrulline-para-
aminobenzyloxycarbonyl linker. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody
and the
MMAD payload are linked via a maleimide PEG-valine-citrulline-para-
aminobenzyloxycarbonyl linker. In some embodiments, the MMAD payload is
conjugated
to the AB using the partial reduction and conjugation technology disclosed
herein.
[00111] Pharmaceutical compositions according to the invention can include
a
conjugated antibody of the invention and a carrier. These pharmaceutical
compositions can
be included in kits, such as, for example, diagnostic kits for use in the
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Brief Description of the Drawings
[00112] Figure 1 is a graph demonstrating that partial reduction of an
activatable anti-
EGFR antibody using three different TCEP-to-activatable antibody ratios (i.e.,
ratios of
1.5:1, of 2:1, and of 4:1), and subsequent thiol conjugation of a fluorescent
dye (Alexa 680)
to such partially reduced activatable anti-EGFR antibody with a cleavable
moiety (3954-
1204-c225v5) using the methods provided herein successfully conjugates the dye
to the
activatable antibody, while maintaining the masking efficiency of the masking
moiety of the
activatable anti-EGFR antibody. As used in these figures, "(1.5)", "(2)" and
"(4)" signify
the ratios of TCEP-to-activatable antibody used in the TCEP reduction step.
[00113] Figure 2 is a graph demonstrating that partial reduction of a
masked anti-
EGFR antibody with a noncleavable moiety using three different TCEP-to-masked
antibody
ratios (i.e., ratios of 1.5:1, of 2:1, and of 4:1), and subsequent thiol
conjugation of Alexa 680
to such partially reduced masked anti-EGFR antibody with a noncleavable moiety
(3954-
NSUB-c225v5) using the methods provided herein successfully conjugates the dye
to the
noncleavable masked antibody, while maintaining the masking efficiency of the
masking
moiety of the masked anti-EGFR antibody. As used in these figures, "(1.5)",
"(2)" and "(4)"
signify the ratios of TCEP-to-masked antibody used in the TCEP reduction step.
[00114] Figures 3A and 3B are an illustration and a graph demonstrating
the non-
reduced analysis by LabChip0 of TCEP reduction of 3954-1204-c225v5, Alexa 680
thiol-
conjugation and activation by the protease uPA. As shown in these figures
using two
different TCEP-to-activatable antibody ratios (i.e., ratios of 1.5:1 and of
4:1), partial
reduction, subsequent thiol conjugation of Alexa 680 to the partially reduced
activatable
anti-EGFR antibody 3954-1204-c225v5 and activation by uPA does not disturb or
otherwise negatively affect the activation and/or masking efficiency of the
activatable
antibody. As used in these figures, "1.5" and "4" signify the ratios of TCEP-
to-activatable
antibody used in the TCEP reduction step; and "(U)" signifies that the
activatable antibody
has been activated, i.e., cleaved, by incubation with uPA.
[00115] Figures 4A and 4B are an illustration and a graph demonstrating
the reduced
analysis by LabChip0 of TCEP reduction of 3954-1204-c225v5, Alexa 680 thiol-
conjugation and activation by the protease uPA. As shown in these figures
using two
different TCEP-to-activatable antibody ratios (i.e., ratios of 1.5:1 and of
4:1), partial
reduction, subsequent thiol conjugation of Alexa 680 to the partially reduced
activatable
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anti-EGFR antibody 3954-1204-c225v5 and activation by uPA does not disturb or
otherwise negatively affect the activation and/or masking efficiency of the
activatable
antibody. As used in these figures, "1.5" and "4" signify the ratios of TCEP-
to-activatable
antibody used in the TCEP reduction step; "(U)" signifies that the activatable
antibody has
been activated, i.e., cleaved, by incubation with uPA, and "R" signifies
reduced analysis.
[00116] Figures 5A and 5B are an illustration and a graph demonstrating
the non-
reduced analysis by LabChip0 of TCEP reduction of 3954-NSUB-c225v5, Alexa 680
thiol-
conjugation and activation by the protease uPA. As shown in these figures
using two
different TCEP-to-masked antibody ratios (i.e., ratios of 1.5:1 and of 4:1),
partial reduction,
subsequent thiol conjugation of Alexa 680 to the partially reduced masked anti-
EGFR
antibody 3954-NSUB-c225v5 and activation by uPA does not disturb or otherwise
negatively affect the activation and/or masking efficiency of the noncleavable
masked
antibody. As used in these figures, "1.5" and "4" signify the ratios of TCEP-
to-masked
antibody used in the TCEP reduction step; and "(U)" signifies that the
noncleavable masked
antibody was not activated, i.e., not cleaved, by incubation with uPA.
[00117] Figures 6A and 6B are an illustration and a graph demonstrating
the reduced
analysis by LabChip0 of TCEP reduction of 3954-NSUB-c225v5, Alexa 680 thiol-
conjugation and activation by the protease uPA. As shown in these figures
using two
different TCEP-to-masked antibody ratios (i.e., ratios of 1.5:1 and of 4:1),
partial reduction,
subsequent thiol conjugation of Alexa 680 to the partially reduced masked anti-
EGFR
antibody 3954-NSUB-c225v5 and activation by uPA does not disturb or otherwise
negatively affect the activation and/or masking efficiency of the noncleavable
masked
antibody. As used in these figures, "1.5" and "4" signify the ratios of TCEP-
to-masked
antibody used in the TCEP reduction step; "(U)" signifies that the
noncleavable masked
antibody was not been activated, i.e., not cleaved by incubation with uPA, and
"R" signifies
reduced analysis.
[00118] Figure 7 is a table and a photograph depicting reduction of the
activatable
anti-Jagged antibody 5342-1204-4D11 at a ratio of TCEP to activatable antibody
equaling
4:1 using a 120-minute reduction time. For the data shown, reduction was
followed by
conjugation to a fluorescent dye, Alexa 680.
[00119] Figure 8 is a graph depicting varying degrees of Alexa 680
conjugation to an
anti-Jagged antibody 4D11 or anti-Jagged activatable antibody 5342-1204-4D11
using thiol
conjugatable Alexa 680 as a surrogate for thiol conjugatable toxin. This
figure also
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demonstrates that such conjugation can be effected so as to maintain
activation of anti-
Jagged activatable antibody by uPA.
[00120] Figure 9A is a graph demonstrating the binding activities of anti-
Jagged
antibody 4D11, antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAD, activatable antibody conjugate
5342-
1204-4D11-vc-MMAD, uPA-activated activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-
vc-
MMAD, and Synagis to the pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line BxPC3. Cells were

incubated with the respective compositions and then stained with AF-647-
labelled anti
human IgG.
[00121] Figure 9B is a graph demonstrating cytotoxicity activities of anti-
Jagged
antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAD, activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-
vc-
MMAD, uPA-activated activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAD, and

rituximab antibody conjugated to linker payload vc-MMAD on BxPC3 cells.
Viability was
measured using Cell Titer Glo reagent and relative Luminescence units plotted
against dose.
[00122] Figure 10A is a graph demonstrating the binding activities of anti-
Jagged
antibody 4D11, antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAE, activatable antibody 5342-1204-

4D11, activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE, uPA-activated
activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE, and Synagis conjugated
to
linker payload vc-MMAE to the pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line BxPC3. Cells
were
incubated with the respective compositions and then stained with AF-647-
labelled anti
human IgG.
[00123] Figure 10B is a graph demonstrating cytotoxicity activities of
anti-Jagged
antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAE, activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-
vc-
MMAE, uPA-activated activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE, and

Synagis conjugated to linker payload vc-MMAE on BxPC3. Viability was measured
using
Cell Titer Glo reagent and relative Luminescence units plotted against dose.
Detailed Description of the Invention
[00124] The present invention provides conjugates that include an
activatable
antibody and methods of making these activatable antibody conjugates. Also
provided are
activatable antibodies having points of conjugation for receiving a drug or
label. The
conjugates can be used therapeutically, diagnostically (e.g., in vitro or in
vivo), for in vivo
imaging, and for any of a variety of other therapeutic, diagnostic and/or
prophylactic uses.
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[00125] Generally, the compositions and methods provided herein include an
activatable antibody that includes an antibody or antibody fragment (AB) that
specifically
binds a target, where the AB is coupled to a masking moiety (MM) that
decreases the ability
of the AB to bind its target. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody
further includes
a cleavable moiety (CM) that is a substrate for a protease. The compositions
and methods
provided herein enable the attachment of one or more agents to one or more
cysteine
residues in the AB without compromising the activity (e.g., the masking,
activating or
binding activity) of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the
compositions and
methods provided herein enable the attachment of one or more agents to one or
more
cysteine residues in the AB without reducing or otherwise disturbing one or
more intrachain
disulfide bonds within the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the
compositions
and methods provided herein enable the attachment of one or more agents to one
or more
cysteine residues in the AB without reducing or otherwise disturbing one or
more disulfide
bonds within the MM.
[00126] The compositions and methods provided herein produce an
activatable
antibody that is conjugated to one or more agents, e.g., any of a variety of
therapeutic,
diagnostic and/or prophylactic agents, without any of the agent(s) being
conjugated to the
MM of the activatable antibody. The compositions and methods provided herein
produce
conjugated activatable antibodies in which the MM retains the ability to
effectively mask
the AB of the activatable antibody. In addition, such a conjugated activatable
antibody
retains the ability to be activated, and the activated AB retains the ability
to bind to its
target.
[00127] In some embodiments, the compositions and methods provided herein
do not
compromise the masking activity and/or masking efficiency of the MM in the
activatable
antibody. For example, in situations where the compositions and methods might
be found to
negatively impact the masking activity and/or masking efficiency of the MM in
the
activatable antibody, the compositions and methods decrease or otherwise
disturb the
masking activity and/or masking efficiency of the activatable antibody by no
more than
50%, no more than 40%, no more than 30%, no more than 25%, no more than 20%,
no
more than 15%, no more than 10%, no more than 9%, no more than 8%, no more
than 7%,
no more than 6%, no more than 5%, no more than 4%, no more than 3%, no more
than 2%
or no more than 1%, as compared to the level of masking activity and/or
masking efficiency
of the activatable antibody prior to conjugation or in the absence of any
conjugation.
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[00128] In some embodiments, the compositions and methods provided herein
do not
compromise the activating activity and/or activating efficiency of the
activatable antibody.
For example, in situations where the compositions and methods might be found
to
negatively impact the activating activity and/or activating efficiency, the
compositions and
methods decrease or otherwise disturb the activating activity and/or
activating efficiency of
the activatable antibody by no more than 50%, no more than 40%, no more than
30%, no
more than 25%, no more than 20%, no more than 15%, no more than 10%, no more
than
9%, no more than 8%, no more than 7%, no more than 6%, no more than 5%, no
more than
4%, no more than 3%, no more than 2% or no more than 1%, as compared to the
level of
activating activity and/or activating efficiency of the activatable antibody
prior to
conjugation or in the absence of any conjugation.
[00129] In some embodiments, the compositions and methods provided herein
do not
compromise the binding activity of the activatable antibody. For example, in
situations
where the compositions and methods might be found to negatively impact the
binding
activity, the compositions and methods decrease or otherwise disturb the
binding activity of
the activatable antibody by no more than 50%, no more than 40%, no more than
30%, no
more than 25%, no more than 20%, no more than 15%, no more than 10%, no more
than
9%, no more than 8%, no more than 7%, no more than 6%, no more than 5%, no
more than
4%, no more than 3%, no more than 2% or no more than 1%, as compared to the
level of
binding activity of the activatable antibody prior to conjugation or in the
absence of any
conjugation.
[00130] The compositions and methods provided herein determine the
combination
of reagents and reaction conditions to produce the desired partial reduction
followed by
conjugation. When reduction and subsequent conjugation is not controlled
properly,
activatable antibodies will be completely reduced, and the masking efficiency
of the
activatable antibody is/will be compromised.
[00131] The conjugated activatable antibodies include an antibody or
antigen-binding
fragment thereof (AB) that specifically binds a target, and the AB is coupled
to a masking
moiety (MM), such that coupling of the MM to the AB decreases the ability of
the antibody
or antigen-binding fragment thereof to bind the target. In some embodiments,
the MM is
coupled to the AB via a cleavable moiety (CM) that includes a substrate for a
protease, for
example, a protease that is co-localized with the target at a treatment site
in a subject.
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legumain, MT-SP1, matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), in solid tumors. (See e.g.,
Murthy
RV, et al. "Legumain expression in relation to clinicopathologic and
biological variables in
colorectal cancer." Clin Cancer Res. 11 (2005): 2293-2299; Nielsen BS, et al.
"Urokinase
plasminogen activator is localized in stromal cells in ductal breast cancer."
Lab Invest 81
(2001): 1485-1501; Mook OR, et al. "In situ localization of gelatinolytic
activity in the
extracellular matrix of metastases of colon cancer in rat liver using quenched
fluorogenic
DQ-gelatin." J Histochem Cytochem. 51 (2003): 821-829).
[00132] The conjugated activatable antibodies provided herein include a
substrate for
a protease, which is useful in leveraging the protease activity in tumor cells
for targeted
conjugated antibody activation at the site of treatment and/or diagnosis. The
substrate
selection process is used to identify substrates that have a number of
desirable
characteristics. For example, the selected substrates are systemically stable
(i.e., stable in
the systemic circulation of a subject), are generally not susceptible to
cleavage by
circulating proteases such as plasmin, thrombin, tissue plasminogen activator
(tPA) or a
kallikrein (KLK) such as KLK-5 and/or KLK-7, are non-toxic, are generally not
susceptible
to cleavage at potential sites of toxicity such as the skin by proteases such
as ADAM 9,
ADAM 10, ADAM 17 and/or kallikreins, such as KLK-5 and KLK-7, and are active
at an
intended site of treatment and/or diagnosis. In some embodiments, the
identified substrates
are selected for proteases that are dysregulated, due to, for example, being
overexpressed or
showing excess activity, or being less susceptible to protease inhibition
(due, e.g., to
underexpression of the corresponding inhibitor or reduction in inhibitor
activity) at an
intended site of therapy and/or diagnosis but are not typically expressed at
or in normal,
healthy or otherwise non-diseased or damaged tissue, and then the selected
substrates are
subsequently counter-screened against proteases expressed in normal, e.g., non-
diseased,
tissue.
[00133] As a non-limiting example, the AB is a binding partner for any
target listed
in Table 1.
[00134] Table 1: Exemplary Targets
1-92-LFA-3 CD52 DL44 ICOS LAG-3 TAPA1
Alpha-4 CD56 DLL4 IFNalpha LIF-R TGFbeta
integrin
Alpha-V CD64 DPP-4 IFNbeta LIGHT TIGIT
integrin
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alpha4betal CD70 EGFR IFNgamma MRP4 TIM-3
integrin
alpha4beta7 CD74 Endothelin B IgE MUC1 TLR2
integrin receptor
(ETBR)
AGR2 CD80 EpCAM IgE Receptor Mucin-16 TLR4
(FceRI)
Anti-Lewis-Y CD81 EPHA2 IGF Na/K TLR6
ATPase
Apelin J CD86 ERBB3 IGF1R Neutrophil TLR7
receptor elastase
APRIL CD95 F protein of IL1B NGF TLR8
RSV
B7-H4 CD117 FAP IL1R Nicastrin TLR9
BAFF CD125 FGF-2 IL2 Notch TMEM31
Receptors
BTLA CD132 FGF8 IL11 Notch 1 TNF alpha
(IL-2RG)
C5 CD133 FGFR1 IL12 Notch 2 TNFR
complement
C-242 CD137 FGFR2 IL12p40 Notch 3 TNFRS12A
CD2 CD138 FGFR3 IL-12R, Notch 4 TRAIL-R1
IL-12Rbetal
CD3 CD166 FGFR4 IL13 NOV TRAIL-R2
CD6 CD172A Folate IL13R OSM-R Transferrin
receptor
CD9 CD248 G-CSF IL15 OX-40 Transferrin
receptor
CD1 la CEACAM5 G-CSFR IL17 PAR2 TRK-A
(CEA)
CD19 CEACAM6 GD2 IL18 PDGF-AA TRK-B
(NCA-90)
CD20 CLAUDIN- GITR IL21 PDGF-BB uPAR
3
CD22 CLAUDIN- GLUT1 IL23 PDGFRalpha VAP 1
4
CD24 cMet GLUT4 IL23R PDGFRbeta VCAM-1
CD25 Collagen GM-CSF IL27/IL27R PD-1 VEGF
(wsx1)
CD27 Cripto GM-CSFR IL29 PD-L1 VEGF-A
CD28 CSFR GP IIb/IIIa IL-31R PD-L2 VEGF-B
receptors
CD30 CSFR-1 Gp130 IL31/IL31R Phosphatidyl VEGF-C
-serine
CD33 CTLA-4 GPIIB/IIIA IL2R P1GF VEGF-D
CD38 CTGF GPNMB IL4 PSCA VEGFR1
CD40 CXCL10 GRP78 IL4R PSMA VEGFR2
CD4OL CXCL13 HER2/neu IL6, IL6R RAAG12 VEGFR3
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CD41 CXCR1 HGF Insulin RAGE VISTA
Receptor
CD44 CXCR2 hGH Jagged SLC44A4 WISP-1
Ligands
CD47 CXCR4 HVEM Jagged 1 Sphingosine WISP-2
1 Phosphate
CD51 CYR61 Hyaluronidase Jagged 2 STEAP1 WISP-3
[00135] As a nonlimiting example, the AB is or is derived from an antibody
listed in
Table 2.
[00136] Table 2: Exemplary sources for Abs
Antibody Trade Name (antibody name)
Target
AvastinTM (bevacizumab) VEGF
Lucentis TM (ranibizumab) VEGF
ErbituxTM (cetuximab) EGFR
VectibixTM (panitumumab) EGFR
RemicadeTM (infliximab) TNFa
HumiraTM (adalimumab) TNFa
TysabriTm (natalizumab) Integrina4
SimulectTM (basiliximab) IL2R
Soliris TM (eculizumab) Complement C5
RaptivaTM (efalizumab) CD 1 1 a
BexxarTM (tO s itumomab) CD20
ZevalinTM (ibritumomab tiuxetan) CD20
RituxanTM (rituximab) CD20
Ocrelizumab CD20
ArzerraTM (ofatumumab) CD20
Obinutuzumab CD20
ZenapaxTM (daclizumab) CD25
AdcetrisTM (brentuximab vedotin) CD30
MyelotargTM (gemtuzumab) CD33
MylotargTM (gemtuzumab ozogamicin) CD33
CampathTM (alemtuzumab) CD52
ReoPro TM (abiciximab) Glycoprotein receptor IIb/IIIa
XolairTM (omalizumab) IgE
HerceptinTM (trastuzumab) Her2
KadcylaTM (trastuzumab emtansine) Her2
Synagis TM (palivizumab) F protein of RSV
(ipilimumab) CTLA-4
(tremelimumab) CTLA-4
Hu5c8 CD4OL
(pertuzumab) Her2-neu
(ertumaxomab) CD3/Her2-neu
OrenciaTM (abatacept) CTLA-4
(tanezumab) NGF
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(bavituximab) Phosphatidylserine
(zalutumumab) EGFR
(mapatumumab) EGFR
(matuzumab) EGFR
(nimotuzumab) EGFR
ICR62 EGFR
mAb 528 EGFR
CH806 EGFR
MDX-447 EGFR/CD64
(edrecolomab) EpCAM
RAV12 RAAG12
huJ591 PSMA
EnbrelTM (etanercept) TNF-R
AmeviveTM (alefacept) 1-92-LFA-3
AntrilTM, KineretTM (ankinra) IL-1Ra
GC1008 TGFbeta
Notch, e.g., Notch 1
Jagged 1 or Jagged 2
(adecatumumab) EpCAM
(figitumumab) IGF1R
(tocilizumab) IL-6 receptor
StelaraTM (ustekinumab) IL-12/IL-23
ProliaTM (denosumab) RANKL
[00137] In some embodiments, the AB binds Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor
(EGFR). In some embodiments, the AB that binds EGFR includes one or more of
the heavy
chain and/or light chain sequences shown below.
C225v5 Antibody Heavy Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
CAGGTGCAGCTGAAACAGAGCGGCCCGGGCCTGGTGCAGCCGAGCCAGAGCCTGAGCATTA
CCTGCACCGTGAGCGGCTTTAGCCTGACCAACTATGGCGTGCATTGGGTGCGCCAGAGCCC
GGGCAAAGGCCTGGAATGGCTGGGCGTGATTTGGAGCGGCGGCAACACCGATTATAACACC
CCGTTTACCAGCCGCCTGAGCATTAACAAAGATAACAGCAAAAGCCAGGTGTTTTTTAAAA
TGAACAGCCTGCAAAGCCAGGATACCGCGATTTATTATTGCGCGCGCGCGCTGACCTATTA
TGATTATGAATTTGCGTATTGGGGCCAGGGCACCCTGGTGACCGTGAGCGCGGCTAGCACC
AAGGGCCCATCGGTCTTCCCCCTGGCACCCTCCTCCAAGAGCACCTCTGGGGGCACAGCGG
CCCTGGGCTGCCTGGTCAAGGACTACTTCCCCGAACCGGTGACGGTGTCGTGGAACTCAGG
CGCCCTGACCAGCGGCGTGCACACCTTCCCGGCTGTCCTACAGTCCTCAGGACTCTACTCC
CTCAGCAGCGTGGTGACCGTGCCCTCCAGCAGCTTGGGCACCCAGACCTACATCTGCAACG
TGAATCACAAGCCCAGCAACACCAAGGTGGACAAGAAAGTTGAGCCCAAATCTTGTGACAA
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AACTCACACATGCCCACCGTGCCCAGCACCTGAACTCCTGGGGGGACCGTCAGTCTTCCTC
TTCCCCCCAAAACCCAAGGACACCCTCATGATCTCCCGGACCCCTGAGGTCACATGCGTGG
TGGTGGACGTGAGCCACGAAGACCCTGAGGTCAAGTTCAACTGGTACGTGGACGGCGTGGA
GGTGCATAATGCCAAGACAAAGCCGCGGGAGGAGCAGTACAACAGCACGTACCGTGTGGTC
AGCGTCCTCACCGTCCTGCACCAGGACTGGCTGAATGGCAAGGAGTACAAGTGCAAGGTCT
CCAACAAAGCCCTCCCAGCCCCCATCGAGAAAACCATCTCCAAAGCCAAAGGGCAGCCCCG
AGAACCACAGGTGTACACCCTGCCCCCATCCCGGGATGAACTGACCAAGAACCAGGTCAGC
CTGACCTGCCTGGTCAAAGGCTTCTATCCCAGCGACATCGCCGTGGAGTGGGAGAGCAATG
GGCAGCCGGAGAACAACTACAAGACCACGCCTCCCGTGCTGGACTCCGACGGCTCCTTCTT
CCTCTACAGCAAGCTCACCGTGGACAAGAGCAGGTGGCAGCAGGGGAACGTCTTCTCATGC
TCCGTGATGCATGAGGCTCTGCACAACCACTACACGCAGAAGAGCCTCTCCCTGTCTCCGG
GTAAATGA (SEQ ID NO: 1)
C225v5 Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence
QVQLKQSGPGLVQPSQSLSITCTVSGFSLTNYGVHWVRQSPGKGLEWLGVIWSGGNTDYNT
PFTSRLSINKDNSKSQVFFKMNSLQSQDTAIYYCARALTYYDYEFAYWGQGTLVIVSAAST
KGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGLYS
LSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVFL
FPPKPKDTLMISRTPEVTCVVVDVSHEDPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRVV
SVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKTISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSRDELTKNQVS
LTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSC
SVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK* (SEQ ID NO: 2)
C225v5 Antibody Light Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
CAGATCTTGCTGACCCAGAGCCCGGTGATTCTGAGCGTGAGCCCGGGCGAACGTGTGAGCT
TTAGCTGCCGCGCGAGCCAGAGCATTGGCACCAACATTCATTGGTATCAGCAGCGCACCAA
CGGCAGCCCGCGCCTGCTGATTAAATATGCGAGCGAAAGCATTAGCGGCATTCCGAGCCGC
TTTAGCGGCAGCGGCAGCGGCACCGATTTTACCCTGAGCATTAACAGCGTGGAAAGCGAAG
ATATTGCGGATTATTATTGCCAGCAGAACAACAACTGGCCGACCACCTTTGGCGCGGGCAC
CAAACTGGAACTGAAACGTACGGTGGCTGCACCATCTGTCTTCATCTTCCCGCCATCTGAT
GAGCAGTTGAAATCTGGAACTGCCTCTGTTGTGTGCCTGCTGAATAACTTCTATCCCAGAG
AGGCCAAAGTACAGTGGAAGGTGGATAACGCCCTCCAATCGGGTAACTCCCAGGAGAGTGT
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GCAGACTACGAGAAACACAAAGTCTACGCCTGCGAAGTCACCCATCAGGGCCTGAGCTCGC
CCGTCACAAAGAGCTTCAACAGGGGAGAGTGTTAG (SEQ ID NO: 10)
C225v5 Antibody Light Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
QILLTQSPVILSVSPGERVSFSCRASQSIGTNIHWYQQRTNGSPRLLIKYASESISGIPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLSINSVESEDIADYYCQQNNNWPTTFGAGTKLELKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSD
EQLKSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLSK
ADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC* (SEQ ID NO: 16)
C225v4 Antibody Heavy Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
CAGGTGCAGCTGAAACAGAGCGGCCCGGGCCTGGTGCAGCCGAGCCAGAGCCTGAGCATTA
CCTGCACCGTGAGCGGCTTTAGCCTGACCAACTATGGCGTGCATTGGGTGCGCCAGAGCCC
GGGCAAAGGCCTGGAATGGCTGGGCGTGATTTGGAGCGGCGGCAACACCGATTATAACACC
CCGTTTACCAGCCGCCTGAGCATTAACAAAGATAACAGCAAAAGCCAGGTGTTTTTTAAAA
TGAACAGCCTGCAAAGCAACGATACCGCGATTTATTATTGCGCGCGCGCGCTGACCTATTA
TGATTATGAATTTGCGTATTGGGGCCAGGGCACCCTGGTGACCGTGAGCGCGGCTAGCACC
AAGGGCCCATCGGTCTTCCCCCTGGCACCCTCCTCCAAGAGCACCTCTGGGGGCACAGCGG
CCCTGGGCTGCCTGGTCAAGGACTACTTCCCCGAACCGGTGACGGTGTCGTGGAACTCAGG
CGCCCTGACCAGCGGCGTGCACACCTTCCCGGCTGTCCTACAGTCCTCAGGACTCTACTCC
CTCAGCAGCGTGGTGACCGTGCCCTCCAGCAGCTTGGGCACCCAGACCTACATCTGCAACG
TGAATCACAAGCCCAGCAACACCAAGGTGGACAAGAAAGTTGAGCCCAAATCTTGTGACAA
AACTCACACATGCCCACCGTGCCCAGCACCTGAACTCCTGGGGGGACCGTCAGTCTTCCTC
TTCCCCCCAAAACCCAAGGACACCCTCATGATCTCCCGGACCCCTGAGGTCACATGCGTGG
TGGTGGACGTGAGCCACGAAGACCCTGAGGTCAAGTTCAACTGGTACGTGGACGGCGTGGA
GGTGCATAATGCCAAGACAAAGCCGCGGGAGGAGCAGTACAACAGCACGTACCGTGTGGTC
AGCGTCCTCACCGTCCTGCACCAGGACTGGCTGAATGGCAAGGAGTACAAGTGCAAGGTCT
CCAACAAAGCCCTCCCAGCCCCCATCGAGAAAACCATCTCCAAAGCCAAAGGGCAGCCCCG
AGAACCACAGGTGTACACCCTGCCCCCATCCCGGGATGAACTGACCAAGAACCAGGTCAGC
CTGACCTGCCTGGTCAAAGGCTTCTATCCCAGCGACATCGCCGTGGAGTGGGAGAGCAATG
GGCAGCCGGAGAACAACTACAAGACCACGCCTCCCGTGCTGGACTCCGACGGCTCCTTCTT
CCTCTACAGCAAGCTCACCGTGGACAAGAGCAGGTGGCAGCAGGGGAACGTCTTCTCATGC
TCCGTGATGCATGAGGCTCTGCACAACCACTACACGCAGAAGAGCCTCTCCCTGTCTCCGG
GTAAATGA (SEQ ID NO: 238)
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C225v4 Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
QVQLKQSGPGLVQPSQSLS I TCTVSGFSLTNYGVHWVRQSPGKGLEWLGVIWSGGNTDYNT
PFTSRLS INKDNSKSQVFFKMNSLQSNDTAIYYCARALTYYDYEFAYWGQGT LVTVSAAS T
KGPSVFPLAPS SKS T S GGTAALGCLVKDYF PEPVTVSWNSGALT SGVHT FPAVLQS SGLYS
LS SVVTVPS S S LGTQTYI CNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSC DKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVFL
FP PKPKDTLMI SRT PEVTCVVVDVS HE DPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNS TYRVV
SVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKT I SKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSRDELTKNQVS
LT CLVKGFYPS DIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTT PPVL DS DGS FFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSC
SVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK* ( SEQ ID NO: 239)
C225v6 Antibody Heavy Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
CAGGTGCAGCTGAAACAGAGCGGCCCGGGCCTGGTGCAGCCGAGCCAGAGCCTGAGCATTA
CC TGCACCGTGAGCGGCTTTAGCCTGACCAACTATGGCGTGCATTGGGT GCGCCAGAGCCC
GGGCAAAGGCCTGGAATGGCTGGGCGTGATTTGGAGCGGCGGCAACACCGATTATAACACC
CC GTTTACCAGCCGCC TGAGCATTAACAAAGATAACAGCAAAAGCCAGGTGTT TTTTAAAA
TGAACAGCCTGCAAAGCCAGGATACCGCGATTTATTATTGCGCGCGCGCGCTGACCTATTA
TGATTATGAATTTGCGTATTGGGGCCAGGGCACCCTGGTGACCGTGAGCGCGGCTAGCACC
AAGGGCCCATCGGTCTTCCCCCTGGCACCCTCCTCCAAGAGCACCTCTGGGGGCACAGCGG
CCCTGGGCTGCCTGGTCAAGGACTACTTCCCCGAACCGGTGACGGTGTCGTGGAACTCAGG
CGCCCTGACCAGCGGCGTGCACACCTTCCCGGCTGTCCTACAGTCCTCAGGACTCTACTCC
CT CAGCAGCGT GGTGACCGT GCCCTCCAGCAGCT TGGGCACCCAGACCTACAT CTGCAACG
TGAATCACAAGCCCAGCAACACCAAGGTGGACAAGAAAGTTGAGCCCAAATCTTGTGACAA
AACTCACACATGCCCACCGTGCCCAGCACCTGAACTCCTGGGGGGACCGTCAGTCTTCCTC
TT CCCCCCAAAACCCAAGGACACCCT CATGATCT CCCGGACCCCTGAGGTCACATGCGTGG
TGGTGGACGTGAGCCACGAAGACCCTGAGGTCAAGTTCAACTGGTACGTGGACGGCGTGGA
GGTGCATAATGCCAAGACAAAGCCGCGGGAGGAGCAGTACGCCAGCACGTACCGTGTGGTC
AGCGTCCTCACCGTCCTGCACCAGGACTGGCTGAATGGCAAGGAGTACAAGTGCAAGGTCT
CCAACAAAGCCCTCCCAGCCCCCATCGAGAAAACCATCTCCAAAGCCAAAGGGCAGCCCCG
AGAACCACAGGTGTACACCCTGCCCCCATCCCGGGATGAACTGACCAAGAACCAGGTCAGC
CT GACCT GCCT GGTCAAAGGCTTCTATCCCAGCGACATCGCCGTGGAGT GGGAGAGCAATG
GGCAGCCGGAGAACAACTACAAGACCACGCCTCCCGTGCTGGACTCCGACGGCTCCTTCTT
CC TCTACAGCAAGCTCACCGTGGACAAGAGCAGGTGGCAGCAGGGGAACGTCT TCTCATGC
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TCCGTGATGCATGAGGCTCTGCACAACCACTACACGCAGAAGAGCCTCTCCCTGTCTCCGG
GTAAATGA] (SEQ ID NO: 240)
C225v6 Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence
QVQLKQSGPGLVQPSQSLSITCTVSGFSLTNYGVHWVRQSPGKGLEWLGVIWSGGNTDYNT
PFTSRLSINKDNSKSQVFFKMNSLQSQDTAIYYCARALTYYDYEFAYWGQGTLVTVSAAST
KGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGLYS
LSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVFL
FPPKPKDTLMISRTPEVTCVVVDVSHEDPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYASTYRVV
SVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKTISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSRDELTKNQVS
LTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSC
SVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK* (SEQ ID NO: 241)
[00138] In some embodiments, the AB binds interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6R).
In some
embodiments, the AB that binds IL-6R includes one or more of the heavy chain
and/or light
chain sequences shown below.
Avl Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
QVQLQESGPGLVRPSQTLSLTCTVSGYSITSDHAWSWVRQPPGRGLEWIGYISYSGITTYN
PSLKSRVTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCARSLARTTAMDYWGQGSLVTVSSAST
KGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGLYS
LSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVFL
FPPKPKDTLMISRTPEVTCVVVDVSHEDPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRVV
SVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKTISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSREEMTKNQVS
LTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSC
SVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK (SEQ ID NO: 242)
Avl Antibody Light Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQDISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYYTSRLHSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTFTISSLQPEDIATYYCQQGNTLPYTFGQGTKVEIKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSD
EQLKSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLSK
ADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC (SEQ ID NO: 243)
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[00139] In some
embodiments, the AB binds a Jagged target, e.g., Jagged 1, Jagged 2
or both Jagged 1 and Jagged 2. In some embodiments, the AB that binds a Jagged
target
includes one or more of the heavy chain and/or light chain sequences shown
below.
4D11 Light Chain sequence:
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQTVVAPPLFGQGTKVEIKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSD
EQLKSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLSK
ADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC (SEQ ID NO: 244)
4D11 Heavy Chain sequence:
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDPEGRQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSSAST
KGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGLYS
LSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVFL
FPPKPKDTLMISRTPEVTCVVVDVSHEDPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRVV
SVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKTISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSREEMTKNQVS
LTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSC
SVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK (SEQ ID NO: 245)
4D11v2 Heavy Chain sequence
EVHLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDPEGRQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSSAST
KGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGLYS
LSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVFL
FPPKPKDTLMISRTPEVTCVVVDVSHEDPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRVV
SVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKTISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSREEMTKNQVS
LTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSC
SVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK (SEQ ID NO: 246)
4D11v2 Light Chain Sequence
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQTVVAPPLFGQGTKVEIKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSD
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EQLKSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLXK
ADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC (SEQ ID NO: 247)
[00140] In some embodiments, the AB that binds a Jagged target includes
one or
more of the variable heavy chain and/or variable light chain sequences shown
below.
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc4
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 248)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc4
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 249)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc5
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 250)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc5
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPYHGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 251)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc7
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
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Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc7
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPFFGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 253)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc8
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 254)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc8
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKHIGRTNPFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 255)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc13
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 256)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc13
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTEYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 257)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc16
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 258)
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Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc16
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPYYGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 259)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc19
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 260)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc19
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPFFGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 261)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc21
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 262)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc21
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 263)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc24
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 264)
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Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc24
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEEMGWQTLYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 265)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc26
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 266)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc26
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 267)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc27
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 268)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc27
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPFYGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 269)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc28
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 270)
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Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc28
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPFFGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 271)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc30
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 272)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc30
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEEMGWQTLYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 273)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc31
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 274)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc31
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 275)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc32
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 276)
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Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc32
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDPEGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 277)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc37
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 278)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc37
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPHNGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 279)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc39
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 280)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc39
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTEYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 281)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc40
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
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Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc40
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSPPFFGQFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 283)
Variable Light Chain Amino Sequence Lc47
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSVVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 284)
Variable Heavy Chain Amino Sequence Hc47
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDEMGWQTEYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 285)
Variable 4B2 Light Chain
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQTLDAPPQFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 286)
Variable 4B2 Heavy Chain
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEQMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 287)
Variable 4D11 Light Chain
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQTVVAPPLFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 288)
Variable 4D11 Heavy Chain
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDPEGRQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 289)
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Variable 4E7 Light Chain
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQSLVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 290)
Variable 4E7 Heavy Chain
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEEMGWQTKYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 291)
Variable 4E11 Light Chain
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQALDAPLMFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 292)
Variable 4E11 Heavy Chain
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIEPMGQLTEYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS
(SEQ ID NO: 293)
Variable 6B7 Light Chain
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQALVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 294)
Variable 6B7 Heavy Chain
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDEMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 295)
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Variable 6F8 Light Chain
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSR
FSGSGSGTDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQALVAPLTFGQGTKVEIKR (SEQ ID
NO: 296)
Variable 6F8 Heavy Chain
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTFSSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDEMGWQTYYA
DSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKSAAAFDYWGQGTLVTVSS (SEQ
ID NO: 297)
[00141] By way of non-limiting example, the CM includes an amino acid
sequence
that is a substrate or is derived from a substrate that is cleaved by one or
more of the
following enzymes or proteases listed in Table 3.
[00142] Table 3 ¨Exemplary Enzymes/Proteases
ADAMS, ADAMTS, e.g. Cysteine proteinases, e.g., Serine proteases,
e.g.,
ADAM8 Cruzipain activated protein C
ADAM9 Legumain Cathepsin A
ADAM10 Otubain-2 Cathepsin G
ADAM12 Chymase
ADAM15 KLKs, e.g., coagulation factor proteases
ADAM 1 7/TACE KLK4 (e.g., FVIIa, FIXa, FXa,
FXIa,
ADAMDEC 1 KLK5 FXIIa)
ADAMTS1 KLK6 Elastase
ADAMTS4 KLK7 Granzyme B
ADAMTS5 KLK8 Guanidinobenzoatase
_______________________ KLK10 HtrA 1
Aspartate proteases, e.g., KLK11 Human Neutrophil
Elastase
BACE KLK13 Lactofenin
Renin KLK14 Marapsin
________________________________________________ N53/4A
Aspartic cathepsins, e.g., Metallo proteinases, e.g.,
PACE4
Cathepsin D Meprin Plasmin
Cathepsin E Neprilysin PSA
_______________________ PSMA tPA
Caspases, e.g., BMP-1 Thrombin
Caspase 1 Tryptase
Caspase 2 MMPs, e.g., uPA
Caspase 3 MMP 1
Caspase 4 MMP2 Type II Transmembrane
Caspase 5 MMP3 Serine Proteases (TTSPs),
e.g.,
Caspase 6 MMP7 DESC 1
Caspase 7 MMP8 DPP-4
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Caspase 8 MMP9 FAP
Caspase 9 MMP10 Hepsin
Caspase 10 MMP 11 Matriptase-2
Caspase 14 MMP12 MT-SP1/Matriptase
_______________________ MMP13 TMPRSS2
Cysteine cathepsins, e.g., MMP14 TMPRSS3
Cathepsin B MMP15 TMPRSS4
Cathepsin C MMP16
Cathepsin K MMP17
Cathepsin L MMP19
Cathepsin S MMP20
Cathepsin V/L2 MMP23
Cathepsin X/Z/P MMP24
_______________________ MMP26
MMP27
[00143] The conjugated activatable antibodies provided herein include a
masking
moiety. In some embodiments, the masking moiety is an amino acid sequence that
is
coupled or otherwise attached to the activatable antibody and is positioned
within the
activatable antibody construct such that the masking moiety decreases the
ability of the
antibody to specifically bind the target. Suitable masking moieties are
identified using any
of a variety of known techniques. For example, peptide masking moieties are
identified
using the methods described in U.S. Patent No. 8,293,685 by Daugherty et al.,
the contents
of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
[00144] In some embodiments, the masking moiety is selected for use with a
specific
antibody or antibody fragment. For example, suitable masking moieties for use
with
antibodies that bind EGFR include MMs that include the sequence CISPRG (SEQ ID
NO:
29). By way of non-limiting examples, the MM can include a sequence such as
CISPRGCG
(SEQ ID NO: 30); CISPRGCPDGPYVMY (SEQ ID NO: 31); CISPRGCPDGPYVM (SEQ
ID NO: 32), CISPRGCEPGTYVPT (SEQ ID NO: 33) and CISPRGCPGQIWHPP (SEQ ID
NO: 34). Other suitable masking moieties include any of the EGFR-specific
masks
disclosed in PCT Publication No. WO 2010/081173, such as, by way of non-
limiting
example, GSHCLIPINMGAPSC (SEQ ID NO: 35);
CISPRGCGGSSASQSGQGSHCLIPINMGAPSC (SEQ ID NO: 36);
CNHHYFYTCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 37); ADHVFWGSYGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID
NO: 38); CHHVYWGHCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 39); CPHFTTTSCGCISPRGCPG
(SEQ ID NO: 40); CNHHYHYYCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 41);
CPHVSFGSCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 42); CPYYTLSYCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID
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NO: 43); CNHVYFGTCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 44); CNHFTLTTCGCISPRGCPG
(SEQ ID NO: 45); CHHFTLTTCGCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 46);
YNPCATPMCCISPRGCPG (SEQ ID NO: 47); CNHHYFYTCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO:
48); CNHHYHYYCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO: 49); CNHVYFGTCGCISPRGCG (SEQ
ID NO: 50); CHHVYWGHCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO: 51); CPHFTTTSCGCISPRGCG
(SEQ ID NO: 52); CNHFTLTTCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO: 53);
CHHFTLTTCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO: 54); CPYYTLSYCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO:
55); CPHVSFGSCGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO: 56); ADHVFWGSYGCISPRGCG (SEQ ID
NO: 57); YNPCATPMCCISPRGCG (SEQ ID NO: 58); CHHVYWGHCGCISPRGCG
(SEQ ID NO: 59); C(N/P)H(HN/F)(Y/T)(F/W/T/L)(Y/G/T/S)(T/S/Y/H)CGCISPRGCG
(SEQ ID NO: 60); CISPRGCGQPIPSVK (SEQ ID NO: 61); CISPRGCTQPYHVSR (SEQ
ID NO: 62); and/or CISPRGCNAVSGLGS (SEQ ID NO: 63).
[00145] Suitable masking moieties for use with antibodies that bind a
Jagged target,
e.g., Jagged 1 and/or Jagged 2, include, by way of non-limiting example,
masking moieties
that include a sequence such as QGQSGQCNIWLVGGDCRGWQG (SEQ ID NO: 232);
QGQSGQGQQQWCNIWINGGDCRGWNG (SEQ ID NO: 64); PWCMQRQDFLRCPQP
(SEQ ID NO: 65); QLGLPAYMCTFECLR (SEQ ID NO: 66); CNLWVSGGDCGGLQG
(SEQ ID NO: 67); SCSLWTSGSCLPHSP (SEQ ID NO: 68); YCLQLPHYMQAMCGR
(SEQ ID NO: 69); CFLYSCTDVSYWNNT (SEQ ID NO: 70); PWCMQRQDYLRCPQP
(SEQ ID NO: 71); CNLWISGGDCRGLAG (SEQ ID NO: 72); CNLWVSGGDCRGVQG
(SEQ ID NO: 73); CNLWVSGGDCRGLRG (SEQ ID NO: 74); CNLWISGGDCRGLPG
(SEQ ID NO: 75); CNLWVSGGDCRDAPW (SEQ ID NO: 76); CNLWVSGGDCRDLLG
(SEQ ID NO: 77); CNLWVSGGDCRGLQG (SEQ ID NO: 78); CNLWLHGGDCRGWQG
(SEQ ID NO: 79); CNIWLVGGDCRGWQG (SEQ ID NO: 80); CTTWFCGGDCGVMRG
(SEQ ID NO: 81); CNIWGPSVDCGALLG (SEQ ID NO: 82); CNIWVNGGDCRSFEG
(SEQ ID NO: 83); YCLNLPRYMQDMCWA (SEQ ID NO: 84); YCLALPHYMQADCAR
(SEQ ID NO: 85); CFLYSCGDVSYWGSA (SEQ ID NO: 86); CYLYSCTDSAFWNNR
(SEQ ID NO: 87); CYLYSCNDVSYWSNT (SEQ ID NO: 88); CFLYSCTDVSYW (SEQ
ID NO: 89); CFLYSCTDVAYWNSA (SEQ ID NO: 90); CFLYSCTDVSYWGDT (SEQ
ID NO: 91); CFLYSCTDVSYWGNS (SEQ ID NO: 92); CFLYSCTDVAYWNNT (SEQ
ID NO: 93); CFLYSCGDVSYWGNPGLS (SEQ ID NO: 94); CFLYSCTDVAYWSGL
(SEQ ID NO: 95); CYLYSCTDGSYWNST (SEQ ID NO: 96); CFLYSCSDVSYWGNI
(SEQ ID NO: 97); CFLYSCTDVAYW (SEQ ID NO: 98); CFLYSCTDVSYWGST (SEQ

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ID NO: 99); CFLYSCTDVAYWGDT (SEQ ID NO: 100);
GCNIWLNGGDCRGWVDPLQG (SEQ ID NO: 101); GCNIWLVGGDCRGWIGDTNG
(SEQ ID NO: 102); GCNIWLVGGDCRGWIEDSNG (SEQ ID NO: 103);
GCNIWANGGDCRGWIDNIDG (SEQ ID NO: 104); GCNIWLVGGDCRGWLGEAVG
(SEQ ID NO: 105); GCNIWLVGGDCRGWLEEAVG (SEQ ID NO: 106);
GGPALCNIWLNGGDCRGWSG (SEQ ID NO: 107); GAPVFCNIWLNGGDCRGWMG
(SEQ ID NO: 108); GQQQWCNIWINGGDCRGWNG (SEQ ID NO: 109);
GKSEFCNIWLNGGDCRGWIG (SEQ ID NO: 110); GTPGGCNIWANGGDCRGWEG
(SEQ ID NO: 111); GASQYCNLWINGGDCRGWRG (SEQ ID NO: 112);
GCNIWLVGGDCRPWVEGG (SEQ ID NO: 113); GCNIWAVGGDCRPFVDGG (SEQ ID
NO: 114); GCNIWLNGGDCRAWVDTG (SEQ ID NO: 115); GCNIWIVGGDCRPFINDG
(SEQ ID NO: 116); GCNIWLNGGDCRPVVFGG (SEQ ID NO: 117);
GCNIWLSGGDCRMFMNEG (SEQ ID NO: 118); GCNIWVNGGDCRSFVYSG (SEQ ID
NO: 119); GCNIWLNGGDCRGWEASG (SEQ ID NO: 120);
GCNIWAHGGDCRGFIEPG (SEQ ID NO: 121); GCNIWLNGGDCRTFVASG (SEQ ID
NO: 122); GCNIWAHGGDCRGFIEPG (SEQ ID NO: 123); GFLENCNIWLNGGDCRTG
(SEQ ID NO: 124); GIYENCNIWLNGGDCRMG (SEQ ID NO: 125); and/or
GIPDNCNIWINGGDCRYG (SEQ ID NO: 126).
[00146] Suitable masking moieties for use with antibodies that bind an
interleukin 6
target, e.g., interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6R), include, by way of non-limiting
example,
masking moieties that include a sequence such as QGQSGQYGSCSWNYVHIFMDC (SEQ
ID NO: 127); QGQSGQGDFDIPFPAHWVPIT (SEQ ID NO: 128);
QGQSGQMGVPAGCVWNYAHIFMDC (SEQ ID NO: 129); YRSCNWNYVSIFLDC
(SEQ ID NO: 130); PGAFDIPFPAHWVPNT (SEQ ID NO: 131);
ESSCVWNYVHIYMDC (SEQ ID NO: 132); YPGCKWNYDRIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 133);
YRTCSWNYVGIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 134); YGSCSWNYVHIFMDC (SEQ ID NO: 135);
YGSCSWNYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 136); YGSCNWNYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 137);
YTSCNWNYVHIFMDC (SEQ ID NO: 138); YPGCKWNYDRIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 139);
WRSCNWNYAHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 140); WSNCHWNYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
141); DRSCTWNYVRISYDC (SEQ ID NO: 142); SGSCKWDYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
143); SRSCIWNYAHIHLDC (SEQ ID NO: 144); SMSCYWQYERIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
145); YRSCNWNYVSIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 146); YGSCSWNYVHIFMDC (SEQ ID NO:
147); SGSCKWDYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 148); YKSCHWDYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
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149); YGSCTWNYVHIFMEC (SEQ ID NO: 150); FSSCNWNYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
151); WRSCNWNYAHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 152); YGSCQWNYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
153); YRSCNWNYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO: 154); NMSCHWDYVHIFLDC (SEQ ID NO:
155); FGPCTWNYARISWDC (SEQ ID NO: 156); XXsCXWXYvhIfXdC (SEQ ID NO:
157); MGVPAGCVWNYAHIFMDC (SEQ ID NO: 158); RDTGGQCRWDYVHIFMDC
(SEQ ID NO: 159); AGVPAGCTWNYVHIFMEC (SEQ ID NO: 160);
VGVPNGCVWNYAHIFMEC (SEQ ID NO: 161); DGGPAGCSWNYVHIFMEC (SEQ ID
NO: 162); AVGPAGCWWNYVHIFMEC (SEQ ID NO: 163);
CTWNYVHIFMDCGEGEGP (SEQ ID NO: 164); GGVPEGCTWNYAHIFMEC (SEQ ID
NO: 165); AEVPAGCWWNYVHIFMEC (SEQ ID NO: 166);
AGVPAGCTWNYVHIFMEC (SEQ ID NO: 167); SGASGGCKWNYVHIFMDC (SEQ ID
NO: 168); MGVPAGCVWNYAHIFMDC (SEQ ID NO: 169);
TPGCRWNYVHIFMECEAL (SEQ ID NO: 170); VGVPNGCVWNYAHIFMEC (SEQ ID
NO: 171); PGAFDIPFPAHWVPNT (SEQ ID NO: 172); RGACDIPFPAHWIPNT (SEQ ID
NO: 173); QGDFDIPFPAHWVPIT (SEQ ID NO: 174); XGafDIPFPAHWyPnT (SEQ ID
NO: 175); RGDGNDSDIPFPAHWVPRT (SEQ ID NO: 176);
SGVGRDRDIPFPAHWVPRT (SEQ ID NO: 177); WAGGNDCDIPFPAHWIPNT (SEQ
ID NO: 178); WGDGMDVDIPFPAHWVPVT (SEQ ID NO: 179);
AGSGNDSDIPFPAHWVPRT (SEQ ID NO: 180); ESRSGYADIPFPAHWVPRT (SEQ ID
NO: 181); and/or RECGRCGDIPFPAHWVPRT (SEQ ID NO: 182).
[00147] In some embodiments, the masking moiety is selected for use with
any
antibody or antibody fragment. For example, in some embodiments, the masking
moiety is a
non-binding steric moiety (NB) or a binding partner (BP) for a non-binding
steric moiety,
where the BP recruits or otherwise attracts the NB to the activatable
antibody. For example,
in some embodiments, the NB is a soluble, globular protein. In some
embodiments, the NB
is a protein that circulates in the bloodstream. In some embodiments, the NB
is selected
from the group consisting of albumin, fibrinogen, fibronectin, hemoglobin,
transferrin, an
immunoglobulin domain, and other serum proteins. In some embodiments, the BP
is
selected from the group consisting of an albumin binding peptide, a fibrinogen
binding
peptide, a fibronectin binding peptide, a hemoglobin binding peptide, a
transfenin binding
peptide, an immunoglobulin domain binding peptide, and other serum protein
binding
peptides. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody has the structural
arrangement
from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows in the uncleaved state: NB-CM-AB, AB-
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NB, BP-CM-AB or AB-CM-BP. In embodiments where the activatable antibody
includes a
BP and the activatable antibody is in the presence of the corresponding NB,
the activatable
antibody has a structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows
in the
uncleaved state: NB:BP-CM-AB or AB-CM-BP:NB, where ":" represents an
interaction,
e.g., binding, between the NB and BP. In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody has
the structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows in the
uncleaved state:
NB-LP1-CM-LP2-AB, AB-LP2-CM-LP1-NB, BP-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-
BP. In embodiments where the activatable antibody includes a BP and the
activatable
antibody is in the presence of the corresponding NB, the activatable antibody
has a
structural arrangement from N-terminus to C-terminus as follows in the
uncleaved state:
NB:BP-LP1-CM-LP2-AB or AB-LP2-CM-LP1-BP:NB, where ":" represents an
interaction,
e.g., binding, between the NB and BP.
[00148] The conjugated activatable antibodies provided herein include a
cleavable
moiety. In some embodiments, the cleavable moiety includes an amino acid
sequence that is
a substrate for a protease, usually an extracellular protease. Suitable
substrates are identified
using any of a variety of known techniques. For example, peptide substrates
are identified
using the methods described in U.S. Patent No. 7,666,817 by Daugherty et al.,
the contents
of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety. (See also
Boulware et al.
"Evolutionary optimization of peptide substrates for proteases that exhibit
rapid hydrolysis
kinetics." Biotechnol Bioeng. 106.3 (2010): 339-46).
[00149] In some embodiments, the CM is selected for use with a specific
protease. In
some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for at least one protease selected
from the group
consisting of an ADAM 17, a BMP-1, a cysteine protease such as a cathepsin, a
HtrAl, a
legumain, a matriptase (MT-SP1), a matrix metalloprotease (MMP), a neutrophil
elastase, a
TMPRSS, such as TMPRSS3 or TMPRSS4, a thrombin, and a u-type plasminogen
activator
(uPA, also referred to as urokinase).
[00150] In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an ADAM17. In some
embodiments, the CM is a substrate for a BMP-1. In some embodiments, the CM is
a
substrate for a cathepsin. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for a
cysteine
protease. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for a HtrAl. In some
embodiments,
the CM is a substrate for a legumain. In some embodiments, the CM is a
substrate for a MT-
SP1. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for a MMP. In some
embodiments, the
CM is a substrate for a neutrophil elastase. In some embodiments, the CM is a
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a thrombin. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for a TMPRSS. In some
embodiments, the CM is a substrate for TMPRSS3. In some embodiments, the CM is
a
substrate for TMPRSS4. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for uPA.
[0151] In some embodiments, the cleavable moiety is selected for use
with a specific
protease, for example a protease that is known to be co-localized with the
target of the
activatable antibody. For example, suitable cleavable moieties for use in the
activatable
antibodies of the disclosure include the sequence TGRGPSWV (SEQ ID NO: 183);
SARGPSRW (SEQ ID NO: 184); TARGPSFK (SEQ ID NO: 185); LSGRSDNH (SEQ TD
NO: 186); GGWHTGRN (SEQ ID NO: 187); HTGRSGAL (SEQ ID NO: 188); PLTGRSGG
(SEQ ID NO: 189); AARGPAII-1 (SEQ ID NO: 190); RGPAFNPM (SEQ ID NO: 191);
SSRGPAYL (SEQ ID NO: 192); RGPATPIM (SEQ ID NO: 193); RGPA (SEQ ID NO: 194);
GGQPSGMWGW (SEQ ID NO: 195); FPRPLGITGL (SEQ ID NO: 196); VHMPLGFLGP
(SEQ ID NO: 197); SPLTGRSG (SEQ 1D.NO: 198); SAGFSLPA (SEQ ID NO: 199);
LAPLGLQRR (SEQ ID NO: 200); SGGPLGVR (SEQ ID NO: 201); and/or PLGL (SEQ ID
NO: 202).
[0152] In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for at least one
matrix
metalloprotease (MMP). Examples of MMPs include MMPl; MMP2; MMP3; MMP7;
MMP8; MMP9; MMP10; MMP11; MMP12; MMP13; MMP14; MMP15; MMP16; MMP17;
MMP19; MMP20; MMP23; MMP24; MMP26; and MMP27. In some embodiments, the CM
is a substrate for MMP9, MMP14, MMP1, MMP3, MMP13, MMP17, MMP11, and MMP.19.
In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for MMP7. In some embodiments the
CM is a
substrate for MMP9. In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for MMP14. in
some
embodiments, the CM is a substrate for two or more MMPs. In some embodiments,
the CM is
a substrate for at least MMP9 and MMP14. In some embodiments, the CM comprises
two or
more substrates for the same MMP. In some embodiments, the CM comprises at
least two or
more MMP9 substrates. In some embodiments, the CM comprises at least two or
more
MMP14 substrates.
[0153] In some embodiments, the CM is a substrate for an MMP and
includes the
sequence ISSGLLSS (SEQ ID NO: 298); QNQALRMA (SEQ ID NO: 299); AQNLLGMV
(SEQ ID NO: 300); STFPFGMF (SEQ ID NO: 301); PVGYTSSL (SEQ ID NO: 302);
DWO(WPGI (SEQ ID NO: 303); MlAPVAYR (SEQ ID NO: 304); RPSPMWAY (SEQ ID
NO: 305); WATPRPMR (SEQ ID NO: 306); FRLLDWQW (SEQ ID NO: 307); LKAAPRWA
(SEQ ID NO: 308); GPSHLVLT (SEQ ID NO: 309); LPGGLSPW (SEQ ID NO: 310);
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MGLFSEAG (SEQ ID NO: 311); SPLPLRVP (SEQ ID NO: 312); RMHLRSLG (SEQ ID NO:
313); LAAPLGLL (SEQ ID NO: 314); AVGLLAPP (SEQ ID NO: 315); LLAPSHRA (SEQ
ID NO: 316); PAGLWLDP (SEQ ID NO: 317); and/or ISSGLSS (SEQ ID NO: 318).
[0154] In some embodiments, activatable antibodies for use in the
conjugated
activatable antibodies of the disclosure may be made biosynthetically using
recombinant DNA
technology and expression in eukaryotic or prokaryotic species. The cDNAs
encoding the
masking moiety, linker sequence (that may include a cleavable moiety (CM), and
antibody
chain (heavy or light)) can be linked in an 5' to 3' (N- to C-terminal in the
translated product)
sequence to create the nucleic acid construct, which is expressed as the
activatable antibody
protein following a conventional antibody expression process. In some
embodiments, the
activatable antibody could be semi-synthetically produced by expressing a CM-
antibody and
then coupling the mask chemically at or near the N-terminus of the protein. In
some
embodiments, the activatable antibody could be produced by expressing an
antibody and then
coupling the mask and the CM chemically at or near the N-terminus of the
protein such that
the activatable antibody in the uncleaved state has the structural arrangement
from N-terminus
to C-terminus as follows: MM-CM-AB or AB-CM-MM.
[0155] The conjugated activatable antibodies described herein also
include an agent
conjugated to the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the conjugated
agent is a
therapeutic agent, such as an antineoplastic agent. In some embodiments, the
agent is
conjugated to a sulfhydryl group of the antibody or antigen-binding fragment
in the
activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the agent is a thiol-containing
agent. In some
embodiments, the agent is engineered to include one or more thiol groups.
[0156] In some embodiments, the agent is a cytotoxic agent such as a
toxin (e.g., an
enzymatically active toxin of bacterial, fungal, plant, or animal origin, or
fragments thereof),
or a radioactive isotope (i.e., a radioconjugate). Suitable cytotoxic agents
include, for
example, any of the cytotoxic agents listed in Table 4.
[0157] In some embodiments, the agent is a thiol-containing agent. In
some
embodiments, the agent is engineered to include one or more thiol groups. In
some
embodiments, the agent is a microtubule inhibitor. In some embodiments, the
agent is a
dolastatin or a derivative thereof (e.g. auristatin E, AFP, MMAF, MMAE, MMAD,
DMAF,
DMAE). In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE). In
some
embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD). In some embodiments,
the
agent is a maytansinoid or maytansinoid derivative. In some embodiments, the
agent is
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DM1 or DM4. In some embodiments, the agent is a nucleic acid damaging agent.
In some
embodiments, the agent is a duocarmycin or derivative thereof In some
embodiments, the
agent is a calicheamicin or derivative thereof
[00158] In some embodiments, the agent is linked to the AB using a
maleimide
caproyl-valine-citrulline linker or a maleimide PEG-valine-citrulline linker.
In some
embodiments, the agent is linked to the AB using a maleimide caproyl-valine-
citrulline
linker. In some embodiments, the agent is linked to the AB using a maleimide
PEG-valine-
citrulline linker In some embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin D
(MMAD)
linked to the AB using a maleimide PEG-valine-citrulline-para-
aminobenzyloxycarbonyl
linker, and this linker payload construct is referred to herein as "vc-MMAD."
In some
embodiments, the agent is monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) linked to the AB
using a
maleimide PEG-valine-citrulline-para-aminobenzyloxycarbonyl linker, and this
linker
payload construct is referred to herein as "vc-MMAE." The structures of vc-
MMAD and
vc-MMAE are shown below:
vc-MMAD:
0 ***Y.'
1.4H
0 4 6
o-
vc-MMAE:
,r)1=.-
= -PetIt
0.4
11 ="'
[00159] In some embodiments, in addition to the compositions and methods
provided
herein, the conjugated activatable antibody can also be modified for site-
specific
conjugation through modified amino acid sequences inserted or otherwise
included in the
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activatable antibody sequence. These modified amino acid sequences are
designed to allow
for controlled placement and/or dosage of the conjugated agent within a
conjugated
activatable antibody. For example, the activatable antibody can be engineered
to include
cysteine substitutions at positions on light and heavy chains that provide
reactive thiol
groups and do not negatively impact protein folding and assembly, nor alter
antigen
binding. In some embodiments, the activatable antibody can be engineered to
include or
otherwise introduce one or more non-natural amino acid residues within the
activatable
antibody to provide suitable sites for conjugation. In some embodiments, the
activatable
antibody can be engineered to include or otherwise introduce enzymatically
activatable
peptide sequences within the activatable antibody sequence.
[00160] In some embodiments, the agent is a detectable moiety such as, for
example,
a label or other marker. For example, the agent is or includes a radiolabeled
amino acid, one
or more biotinyl moieties that can be detected by marked avidin (e.g.,
streptavidin
containing a fluorescent marker or enzymatic activity that can be detected by
optical or
calorimetric methods), one or more radioisotopes or radionuclides, one or more
fluorescent
labels, one or more enzymatic labels, and/or one or more chemiluminescent
agents. In some
embodiments, detectable moieties are attached by spacer molecules.
[00161] Enzymatically active toxins and fragments thereof that can be used
include
diphtheria A chain, nonbinding active fragments of diphtheria toxin, exotoxin
A chain (from
Pseudomonas aeruginosa), ricin A chain, abrin A chain, modeccin A chain, alpha-
sarcin,
Aleurites fordii proteins, dianthin proteins, Phytolaca americana proteins
(PAPI, PAPII, and
PAP-S), momordica charantia inhibitor, curcin, crotin, sapaonaria officinalis
inhibitor,
gelonin, mitogellin, restrictocin, phenomycin, enomycin, and the
tricothecenes. A variety of
radionuclides are available for the production of radioconjugated antibodies.
Examples
include 212Bi, 1311, 1311n, , 90-Y and 186Re.
[00162] Conjugates of the antibody and agent are made using a variety of
bifunctional protein-coupling agents such as N-succinimidy1-3-(2-
pyridyldithiol) propionate
(SPDP), iminothiolane (IT), bifunctional derivatives of imidoesters (such as
dimethyl
adipimidate HCL), active esters (such as disuccinimidyl suberate), aldehydes
(such as
glutaraldehyde), bis-azido compounds (such as bis (p-azidobenzoyl)
hexanediamine), bis-
diazonium derivatives (such as bis-(p-diazoniumbenzoy1)-ethylenediamine),
diisocyanates
(such as toluene 2,6-diisocyanate), and bis-active fluorine compounds (such as
1,5-difluoro-
2,4-dinitrobenzene). For example, a ricin immunotoxin can be prepared as
described in
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Vitetta et al., Science 238: 1098 (1987). Carbon-14-labeled 1-
isothiocyanatobenzy1-3-
methyldiethylene triaminepentaacetic acid (MX-DTPA) is an exemplary chelating
agent for
conjugation of radionuclide to the antibody. (See W094/11026).
[00163] Those of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a large
variety of
possible moieties can be coupled to the resultant antibodies of the invention.
(See, for
example, "Conjugate Vaccines", Contributions to Microbiology and Immunology,
J. M.
Cruse and R. E. Lewis, Jr (eds), Carger Press, New York, (1989), the entire
contents of
which are incorporated herein by reference).
[00164] Table 4 lists some of the exemplary pharmaceutical agents that may
be
employed in the herein described invention but in no way is meant to be an
exhaustive list.
Table 4: Exemplary Pharmaceutical Agents for Conjugation
CYTOTOXIC AGENTS
Auristatins Turbostatin
Auristatin E Phenstatins
Monomethyl auristatin D (MMAD) Hydroxyphenstatin
Monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) Spongistatin 5
Desmethyl auristatin E (DMAE) Spongistatin 7
Auristatin F Halistatin 1
Monomethyl auristatin F (MMAF) Halistatin 2
Desmethyl auristatin F (DMAF) Halistatin 3
Auristatin derivatives, e.g., amides thereof Modified Bryostatins
Auristatin tyramine Halocomstatins
Auristatin quinoline Pyrrolobenzimidazoles (PBI)
Dolastatins Cibrostatin6
Dolastatin derivatives Doxaliform
Dolastatin 16 DmJ Anthracyclins analogues
Dolastatin 16 Dpy Anthracyclins analogues
Maytansinoids, e.g. DM-1; DM-4
Maytansinoid derivatives Cemadotin analogue (CemCH2-SH)
Duocarmycin Pseudomonas toxin A (PE38) variant
Duocarmycin derivatives Pseudomonas toxin A (ZZ-PE38) variant
Alpha-amanitin ZJ-101
Anthracyclines OSW-1
Doxorubicin 4-Nitrobenzyloxycarbonyl Derivatives of
06-Benzylguanine
Daunorubicin Topoisomerase inhibitors
Bryostatins Hemiasterlin
Camptothecin Cephalotaxine
Camptothecin derivatives Homoharringtonine
7-substituted Camptothecin Pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimers (PBDs)
10, 11- Functionalized pyrrolobenzodiazepenes
Difluoromethylenedioxycamptothecin
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Combretastatins Calicheamicins
Debromoaplysiatoxin Podophyllotoxins
Kahalalide-F Taxanes
Discodermolide Vinca alkaloids
Ecteinascidins
CONJUGATABLE DETECTION
REAGENTS
ANTIVIRALS Fluorescein and derivatives thereof
Acycloyir Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)
Vira A
Symmetrel RADIOISOTOPES
1251
ANTIFUNGALS 1311
Nystatin 89zr
win
ADDITIONAL ANTI-NEOPLASTICS 1231
Adriamycin 1311
Cerubidine 99mTc
Bleomycin 201T1
Alkeran 133Xe
Velban 11C
Oncoyin 62Cu
Fluorouracil 18F
Methotrexate 68Ga
Thiotepa 13N
Bisantrene 180
Noyantrone 38K
Thioguanine 82Rb
Procarabizine 99MTc (Technetium)
Cytarabine
ANTI-BACTERIALS HEAVY METALS
Aminoglycosides Barium
Streptomycin Gold
Neomycin Platinum
Kanamycin
Amikacin ANTI-MYCOPLASMALS
Gentamicin Tylosine
Tobramycin Spectinomycin
Streptomycin B
Spectinomycin
Ampicillin
Sulfanilamide
Polymyxin
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[00165] In some embodiments, in addition to the compositions and methods
provided
herein, the conjugated activatable antibody can also be coupled using any
chemical reaction
that will bind the two molecules so long as the antibody and the other moiety
retain their
respective activities. This linkage can include many chemical mechanisms, for
instance
covalent binding, affinity binding, intercalation, coordinate binding and
complexation. In
some embodiments, the binding is covalent binding. Covalent binding can be
achieved
either by direct condensation of existing side chains or by the incorporation
of external
bridging molecules. Many bivalent or polyvalent linking agents are useful in
coupling
protein molecules, such as the activatable antibodies of the present
invention, to other
molecules. For example, representative coupling agents can include organic
compounds
such as thioesters, carbodiimides, succinimide esters, diisocyanates,
glutaraldehyde,
diazobenzenes and hexamethylene diamines. This listing is not intended to be
exhaustive of
the various classes of coupling agents known in the art but, rather, is
exemplary of the more
common coupling agents. (See Killen and Lindstrom, Jour. Immun. 133:1335-2549
(1984);
Jansen et al., Immunological Reviews 62:185-216 (1982); and Vitetta et al.,
Science
238:1098 (1987).
[00166] Suitable linkers are described in the literature. (See, for
example,
Ramakrishnan, S. et al., Cancer Res. 44:201-208 (1984) describing use of MBS
(M-
maleimidobenzoyl-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester). See also, U.S. Patent No.
5,030,719,
describing use of halogenated acetyl hydrazide derivative coupled to an
antibody by way of
an oligopeptide linker. Suitable linkers include: (i) SMPT (4-
succinimidyloxycarbonyl-
alpha-methyl-alpha-(2-pridyl-dithio)-toluene (Pierce Chem. Co., Cat. (21558G);
(ii) SPDP
(succinimidy1-6 [3-(2-pyridyldithio) propionamido]hexanoate (Pierce Chem. Co.,
Cat
#21651G); and (iii) Sulfo-LC-SPDP (sulfosuccinimidyl 6 [3-(2-pyridyldithio)-
propianamide] hexanoate (Pierce Chem. Co. Cat. #2165-G. Additional linkers
include, but
are not limited to, SMCC, sulfo-SMCC, SPDB, or sulfo-SPDB.
[00167] The linkers described above contain components that have different
attributes, thus leading to conjugates with differing physio-chemical
properties. For
example, the linker SMPT contains a sterically hindered disulfide bond, and
can form
conjugates with increased stability. Disulfide linkages, are in general, less
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[00168] The reagent EDC (1-ethy1-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide
hydrochloride is useful to create a carboxamide starting with a carboxylic
acid and a
primary or secondary amine. Thus, EDC may be used to link lysine residues in
an antibody
with a carboxylic acid in a linker or toxin, or to link aspartate or glutamate
residues in an
antibody with an amine in a linker or toxin. Such conjugation reactions
utilizing EDC may
be enhanced by addition of NHS (N-hydroxysuccinimide) or sulfo-NHS (N-hydroxy-
3-
oxysulfonylsuccinimide). Addition of NHS or sulfo-NHS to such conjugation
reactions may
enhance the rate, completeness, selectivity, and/or reproducibility of the
conjugation
reactions.
[00169] In some embodiments, the linkers are cleavable. In some
embodiments, the
linkers are non-cleavable. In some embodiments, two or more linkers are
present. The two
or more linkers are all the same, e.g., cleavable or non-cleavable, or the two
or more linkers
are different, e.g., at least one cleavable and at least one non-cleavable.
[00170] In some embodiments, in addition to the compositions and methods
provided
herein, the conjugated activatable antibody can also be further conjugated
using any of
several methods for attaching agents to ABs: (a) attachment to the
carbohydrate moieties of
the AB, or (b) attachment to sulfhydryl groups of the AB, or (c) attachment to
amino groups
of the AB, or (d) attachment to carboxylate groups of the AB. According to the
invention,
ABs may be covalently attached to an agent through an intermediate linker
having at least
two reactive groups, one to react with AB and one to react with the agent. The
linker, which
may include any compatible organic compound, can be chosen such that the
reaction with
AB (or agent) does not adversely affect AB reactivity and selectivity.
Furthermore, the
attachment of linker to agent might not destroy the activity of the agent.
Suitable linkers for
reaction with oxidized antibodies or oxidized antibody fragments include those
containing
an amine selected from the group consisting of primary amine, secondary amine,
hydrazine,
hydrazide, hydroxylamine, phenylhydrazine, semicarbazide and thiosemicarbazide
groups.
Such reactive functional groups may exist as part of the structure of the
linker, or may be
introduced by suitable chemical modification of linkers not containing such
groups.
[00171] According to the present invention, suitable linkers for
attachment to reduced
ABs include those having certain reactive groups capable of reaction with a
sulfhydryl
group of a reduced antibody or fragment. Such reactive groups include, but are
not limited
to: reactive haloalkyl groups (including, for example, haloacetyl groups), p-
mercuribenzoate
groups and groups capable of Michael-type addition reactions (including, for
example,
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maleimides and groups of the type described by Mitra and Lawton, 1979, J.
Amer. Chem.
Soc. 101: 3097-3110).
[00172] According to the present invention, suitable linkers for
attachment to neither
oxidized nor reduced ABs include those having certain functional groups
capable of
reaction with the primary amino groups present in unmodified lysine residues
in the AB.
Such reactive groups include, but are not limited to, NHS carboxylic or
carbonic esters,
sulfo-NHS carboxylic or carbonic esters, 4-nitrophenyl carboxylic or carbonic
esters,
pentafluorophenyl carboxylic or carbonic esters, acyl imidazoles, isocyanates,
and
isothiocyanates.
[00173] According to the present invention, suitable linkers for
attachment to neither
oxidized nor reduced ABs include those having certain functional groups
capable of
reaction with the carboxylic acid groups present in aspartate or glutamate
residues in the
AB, which have been activated with suitable reagents. Suitable activating
reagents include
EDC, with or without added NHS or sulfo-NHS, and other dehydrating agents
utilized for
carboxamide formation. In these instances, the functional groups present in
the suitable
linkers would include primary and secondary amines, hydrazines,
hydroxylamines, and
hydrazides.
[00174] The agent may be attached to the linker before or after the linker
is attached
to the AB. In certain applications it may be desirable to first produce an AB-
linker
intermediate in which the linker is free of an associated agent. Depending
upon the
particular application, a specific agent may then be covalently attached to
the linker. In
some embodiments the AB is first attached to the MM, CM and associated linkers
and then
attached to the linker for conjugation purposes.
[00175] Branched Linkers: In specific embodiments, branched linkers that
have
multiple sites for attachment of agents are utilized. For multiple site
linkers, a single
covalent attachment to an AB would result in an AB-linker intermediate capable
of binding
an agent at a number of sites. The sites may be aldehyde or sulfhydryl groups
or any
chemical site to which agents can be attached.
[00176] In some embodiments, higher specific activity (or higher ratio of
agents to
AB) can be achieved by attachment of a single site linker at a plurality of
sites on the AB.
This plurality of sites may be introduced into the AB by either of two
methods. First, one
may generate multiple aldehyde groups and/or sulfhydryl groups in the same AB.
Second,
one may attach to an aldehyde or sulfhydryl of the AB a "branched linker"
having multiple
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functional sites for subsequent attachment to linkers. The functional sites of
the branched
linker or multiple site linker may be aldehyde or sulfhydryl groups, or may be
any chemical
site to which linkers may be attached. Still higher specific activities may be
obtained by
combining these two approaches, that is, attaching multiple site linkers at
several sites on
the AB.
[00177] Cleavable Linkers: Peptide linkers that are susceptible to
cleavage by
enzymes of the complement system, such as but not limited to urokinase, tissue

plasminogen activator, trypsin, plasmin, or another enzyme haying proteolytic
activity may
be used in one embodiment of the present invention. According to one method of
the
present invention, an agent is attached via a linker susceptible to cleavage
by complement.
The antibody is selected from a class that can activate complement. The
antibody-agent
conjugate, thus, activates the complement cascade and releases the agent at
the target site.
According to another method of the present invention, an agent is attached via
a linker
susceptible to cleavage by enzymes haying a proteolytic activity such as a
urokinase, a
tissue plasminogen activator, plasmin, or trypsin. These cleavable linkers are
useful in
conjugated actiyatable antibodies that include an extracellular toxin, e.g.,
by way of non-
limiting example, any of the extracellular toxins shown in Table 4.
[00178] Non-limiting examples of cleavable linker sequences are provided
in Table
5.
Table 5: Exemplary Linker Sequences for Conjugation
Types of Cleavable Sequences Amino Acid Sequence
Plasmin cleavable sequences
Pro-urokinase PRFKIIGG (SEQ ID NO: 203)
PRFRIIGG (SEQ ID NO: 204)
TGFP SSRHRRALD (SEQ ID NO: 205)
Plasminogen RKSSIIIRMRDVVL (SEQ ID NO: 206)
Staphylokinase SSSFDKGKYKKGDDA (SEQ ID NO: 207)
SSSFDKGKYKRGDDA (SEQ ID NO: 208)
Factor Xa cleavable sequences IEGR (SEQ ID NO: 209)
IDGR (SEQ ID NO: 210)
GGSIDGR (SEQ ID NO: 211)
MMP cleavable sequences
Gelatinase A PLGLWA (SEQ ID NO: 212)
Collagenase cleavable sequences
Calf skin collagen (a 1 (I) chain) GPQGIAGQ (SEQ ID NO: 213)
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Calf skin collagen (a2(I) chain) GPQGLLGA (SEQ ID NO: 214)
Bovine cartilage collagen (a 1(11) chain) GIAGQ (SEQ ID NO: 215)
Human liver collagen (al(III) chain) GPLGIAGI (SEQ ID NO: 216)
Human a2M GPEGLRVG (SEQ ID NO: 217)
Human PZP YGAGLGVV (SEQ ID NO: 218)
AGLGVVER (SEQ ID NO: 219)
AGLGISST (SEQ ID NO: 220)
Rat aiM EPQALAMS (SEQ ID NO: 221)
QALAMSAI (SEQ ID NO: 222)
Rat a2M AAYHLVSQ (SEQ ID NO: 223)
MDAFLESS (SEQ ID NO: 224)
Rat aiI3(2J) ESLPVVAV (SEQ ID NO: 225)
Rat aiI3(27J) SAPAVESE (SEQ ID NO: 226)
Human fibroblast collagenase DVAQFVLT (SEQ ID NO: 227)
fautolytic cleavages) VAQFVLTE (SEQ ID NO: 228)
AQFVLTEG (SEQ ID NO: 229)
PVQPIGPQ (SEQ ID NO: 230)
[00179] In addition, agents may be attached via disulfide bonds (for
example, the
disulfide bonds on a cysteine molecule) to the AB. Since many tumors naturally
release
high levels of glutathione (a reducing agent) this can reduce the disulfide
bonds with
subsequent release of the agent at the site of delivery. In certain specific
embodiments the
reducing agent that would modify a CM would also modify the linker of the
conjugated
activatable antibody.
[00180] Spacer Elements and Cleavable Elements: In some embodiments, it
may be
necessary to construct the linker in such a way as to optimize the spacing
between the agent
and the AB of the activatable antibody. This may be accomplished by use of a
linker of the
general structure:
W ¨ (CH2)n ¨ Q
wherein
W is either --NH--CH2-- or --CF12--;
Q is an amino acid, peptide; and
n is an integer from 0 to 20.
[00181] In some embodiments, the linker may comprise a spacer element and
a
cleavable element. The spacer element serves to position the cleavable element
away from
the core of the AB such that the cleavable element is more accessible to the
enzyme
responsible for cleavage. Certain of the branched linkers described above may
serve as
spacer elements.
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[00182] Throughout this discussion, it should be understood that the
attachment of
linker to agent (or of spacer element to cleavable element, or cleavable
element to agent)
need not be effected by a particular mode of attachment or reaction. Any
reaction providing
a product of suitable stability and biological compatibility is acceptable.
[00183] Serum Complement and Selection of Linkers: According to one method
of
the present invention, when release of an agent is desired, an AB that is an
antibody of a
class that can activate complement is used. The resulting conjugate retains
both the ability
to bind antigen and activate the complement cascade. Thus, according to this
embodiment
of the present invention, an agent is joined to one end of the cleavable
linker or cleavable
element and the other end of the linker group is attached to a specific site
on the AB. For
example, if the agent has an hydroxy group or an amino group, it may be
attached to the
carboxy terminus of a peptide, amino acid or other suitably chosen linker via
an ester or
amide bond, respectively. For example, such agents may be attached to the
linker peptide
via a carbodimide reaction. If the agent contains functional groups that would
interfere with
attachment to the linker, these interfering functional groups can be blocked
before
attachment and deblocked once the product conjugate or intermediate is made.
The opposite
or amino terminus of the linker is then used either directly or after further
modification for
binding to an AB that is capable of activating complement.
[00184] Linkers (or spacer elements of linkers) may be of any desired
length, one end
of which can be covalently attached to specific sites on the AB of the
activatable antibody.
The other end of the linker or spacer element may be attached to an amino acid
or peptide
linker.
[00185] Thus when these conjugates bind to antigen in the presence of
complement
the amide or ester bond that attaches the agent to the linker will be cleaved,
resulting in
release of the agent in its active form. These conjugates, when administered
to a subject,
will accomplish delivery and release of the agent at the target site, and are
particularly
effective for the in vivo delivery of pharmaceutical agents, antibiotics,
antimetabolites,
antiproliferative agents and the like as presented in but not limited to those
in Table 4.
[00186] Linkers for Release without Complement Activation: In yet another
application of targeted delivery, release of the agent without complement
activation is
desired since activation of the complement cascade will ultimately lyse the
target cell.
Hence, this approach is useful when delivery and release of the agent should
be
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mediators such as hormones, enzymes, corticosteroids, neurotransmitters, genes
or enzymes
to target cells is desired. These conjugates may be prepared by attaching the
agent to an AB
that is not capable of activating complement via a linker that is mildly
susceptible to
cleavage by serum proteases. When this conjugate is administered to an
individual, antigen-
antibody complexes will form quickly whereas cleavage of the agent will occur
slowly, thus
resulting in release of the compound at the target site.
[00187] Biochemical Cross Linkers: In some embodiments, the activatable
antibody
may be conjugated to one or more therapeutic agents using certain biochemical
cross-
linkers. Cross-linking reagents form molecular bridges that tie together
functional groups of
two different molecules. To link two different proteins in a step-wise manner,
hetero-
bifunctional cross-linkers can be used that eliminate unwanted homopolymer
formation.
[00188] Peptidyl linkers cleavable by lysosomal proteases are also useful,
for
example, Val-Cit, Val-Ala or other dipeptides. In addition, acid-labile
linkers cleavable in
the low-pH environment of the lysosome may be used, for example: bis-sialyl
ether. Other
suitable linkers include cathepsin-labile substrates, particularly those that
show optimal
function at an acidic pH.
[00189] Exemplary hetero-bifunctional cross-linkers are referenced in
Table 6.
Table 6: Exemplary Hetero-Bifunctional Cross Linkers
HETERO-BIFUNCTIONAL CROSS-LINKERS
Spacer Arm
Length after
cross-linking
Linker Reactive Toward Advantages and Applications (Angstroms)
SMPT Primary amines Greater stability 11.2 A
Sulfhydryls
SPDP Primary amines Thiolation 6.8 A
Sulfhydryls Cleavable cross-linking
LC-SPDP Primary amines Extended spacer arm 15.6 A
Sulfhydryls
Sulfo-LC-SPDP Primary amines Extender spacer arm 15.6 A
Sulfhydryls Water-soluble
SMCC Primary amines Stable maleimide reactive 11.6 A
group
Sulfhydryls Enzyme-antibody conjugation
Hapten-carrier protein
conjugation
Sulfo-SMCC Primary amines Stable maleimide reactive 11.6 A
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Sulfhydryls Water-soluble
Enzyme-antibody conjugation
MB S Primary amines Enzyme-antibody conjugation 9.9 A
Sulfhydryls Hapten-carrier protein
conjugation
Sulfo-MBS Primary amines Water-soluble 9.9 A
Sulfhydryls
SIAB Primary amines Enzyme-antibody conjugation 10.6 A
Sulfhydryls
Sulfo-SIAB Primary amines Water-soluble 10.6 A
Sulfhydryls
SMPB Primary amines Extended spacer arm 14.5 A
Sulfhydryls Enzyme-antibody conjugation
Sulfo-SMPB Primary amines Extended spacer arm 14.5 A
Sulfhydryls Water-soluble
EDE/Sulfo-NHS Primary amines Hapten-Carrier conjugation 0
Carboxyl groups
ABH Carbohydrates Reacts with sugar groups 11.9 A
Nonselective
[00190] Non-Cleavable Linkers or Direct Attachment: In some embodiments of
the
invention, the conjugate may be designed so that the agent is delivered to the
target but not
released. This may be accomplished by attaching an agent to an AB either
directly or via a
non-cleavable linker.
[00191] These non-
cleavable linkers may include amino acids, peptides, D-amino
acids or other organic compounds that may be modified to include functional
groups that
can subsequently be utilized in attachment to ABs by the methods described
herein. A-
general formula for such an organic linker could be
W ¨ (CH2)n ¨ Q
wherein
W is either --NH--CH2-- or --CF12--;
Q is an amino acid, peptide; and
n is an integer from 0 to 20.
[00192] Non-Cleavable Conjugates: In some embodiments, a compound may be
attached to ABs that do not activate complement. When using ABs that are
incapable of
complement activation, this attachment may be accomplished using linkers that
are
susceptible to cleavage by activated complement or using linkers that are not
susceptible to
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Reducing Agents
[00193] Reducing agent: Examples of reducing agents suitable for use in
the
compositions and methods of the disclosure include, by way of non-limiting
example, BMS
(bis(2-mercaptoethyl)sulfone), cysteamine, cysteine, DMH (dimethyl-bis-
mercaptoacetyl
hydrazine), DTBA (dithiobutylamine), DTT (dithiothreitol), GILT (gamma
interferon
inducible lysosomal thiol reductase; for enzymatic reduction), glutathione, p
¨
mercaptoethanol, MEA (2-mercaptoethylamine), pyridine-2-thione, sodium
borohydride,
sodium phosphorothioate, TCEP ((tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine)), and
thiopropyl-agarose.
In some embodiments, the reducing agent is DTT, [3-mercaptoethano1 or TCEP.
[00194] The studies provided herein use the reducing agent TCEP (tris(2-
carboxyethyl)phosphine), which has the following structure:
0 OH
o
0
[00195] TCEP is often used as a reducing agent to cleave disulfide bonds
within and
between proteins. TCEP is very selective and does not react toward other
functional groups
found within proteins. TCEP does not react with buried disulfides.
[00196] Compared to the other two most common agents used for this purpose
(DTT
and [3-mercaptoethano1), TCEP has the advantages of being odorless, a more
powerful
reducing agent, an irreversible reducing agent, more hydrophilic, and more
resistant to
oxidation in air. Unlike DTT, TCEP is active at both alkaline and acidic
conditions. TCEP
is particularly useful when labeling cysteine residues with maleimides. TCEP
can keep the
cysteines from forming di-sulfide bonds, and unlike DTT and [3-
mercaptoethano1, it will not
react as readily with the maleimide.
[00197] The ratio of reduction agent to activatable antibody will vary
depending on
the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the ratio of reducing agent to
activatable
antibody will be in a range from about 20:1 to 1:1, from about 10:1 to 1:1,
from about 9:1 to
1:1, from about 8:1 to 1:1, from about 7:1 to 1:1, from about 6:1 to 1:1, from
about 5:1 to
1:1, from about 4:1 to 1:1, from about 3:1 to 1:1, from about 2:1 to 1:1, from
about 20:1 to
1:1.5, from about 10:1 to 1:1.5, from about 9:1 to 1:1.5, from about 8:1 to
1:1.5, from about
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7:1 to 1:1.5, from about 6:1 to 1:1.5, from about 5:1 to 1:1.5, from about 4:1
to 1:1.5, from
about 3:1 to 1:1.5, from about 2:1 to 1:1.5, from about 1.5:1 to 1:1.5, or
from about 1:1 to
1:1.5. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1:1.
In some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1.5:1. In some
embodiments, the
ratio is in a range of from about 4:1 to 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio
is in a range
from about 4:1 to 1.5:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from
about 8:1 to
about 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 2.5:1 to
1:1.
Definitions:
[00198] Unless otherwise defined, scientific and technical terms used in
connection
with the present invention shall have the meanings that are commonly
understood by those
of ordinary skill in the art. Further, unless otherwise required by context,
singular terms
shall include pluralities and plural terms shall include the singular.
Generally,
nomenclatures utilized in connection with, and techniques of, cell and tissue
culture,
molecular biology, and protein and oligo- or polynucleotide chemistry and
hybridization
described herein are those well-known and commonly used in the art. Standard
techniques
are used for recombinant DNA, oligonucleotide synthesis, and tissue culture
and
transformation (e.g., electroporation, lipofection). Enzymatic reactions and
purification
techniques are performed according to manufacturer's specifications or as
commonly
accomplished in the art or as described herein. The foregoing techniques and
procedures are
generally performed according to conventional methods well known in the art
and as
described in various general and more specific references that are cited and
discussed
throughout the present specification. See e.g., Sambrook et al. Molecular
Cloning: A
Laboratory Manual (2d ed., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring
Harbor,
N.Y. (1989)). The nomenclatures utilized in connection with, and the
laboratory procedures
and techniques of, analytical chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and
medicinal and
pharmaceutical chemistry described herein are those well-known and commonly
used in the
art. Standard techniques are used for chemical syntheses, chemical analyses,
pharmaceutical
preparation, formulation, and delivery, and treatment of patients.
[00199] As utilized in accordance with the present disclosure, the
following terms,
unless otherwise indicated, shall be understood to have the following
meanings:
[00200] As used herein, the term "antibody" refers to immunoglobulin
molecules and
immunologically active portions of immunoglobulin (Ig) molecules, i.e.,
molecules that
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contain an antigen binding site that specifically binds (immunoreacts with) an
antigen. By
"specifically bind" or "immunoreacts with" or "immunospecifically bind" is
meant that the
antibody reacts with one or more antigenic determinants of the desired antigen
and does not
react with other polypeptides or binds at much lower affinity (Kd > 10-6).
Antibodies
include, but are not limited to, polyclonal, monoclonal, chimeric, domain
antibody, single
chain, Fab, and F(ab')2 fragments, scFvs, and an Fab expression library.
[00201] The basic antibody structural unit is known to comprise a
tetramer. Each
tetramer is composed of two identical pairs of polypeptide chains, each pair
having one
"light" (about 25 kDa) and one "heavy" chain (about 50-70 kDa). The amino-
terminal
portion of each chain includes a variable region of about 100 to 110 or more
amino acids
primarily responsible for antigen recognition. The carboxy-terminal portion of
each chain
defines a constant region primarily responsible for effector function. In
general, antibody
molecules obtained from humans relate to any of the classes IgG, IgM, IgA, IgE
and IgD,
which differ from one another by the nature of the heavy chain present in the
molecule.
Certain classes have subclasses as well, such as IgGi, IgG2, and others.
Furthermore, in
humans, the light chain may be a kappa chain or a lambda chain.
[00202] The term "monoclonal antibody" (mAb) or "monoclonal antibody
composition", as used herein, refers to a population of antibody molecules
that contain only
one molecular species of antibody molecule consisting of a unique light chain
gene product
and a unique heavy chain gene product. In particular, the complementarity
determining
regions (CDRs) of the monoclonal antibody are identical in all the molecules
of the
population. MAbs contain an antigen binding site capable of immunoreacting
with a
particular epitope of the antigen characterized by a unique binding affinity
for it.
[00203] The term "antigen-binding site" or "binding portion" refers to the
part of the
immunoglobulin molecule that participates in antigen binding. The antigen
binding site is
formed by amino acid residues of the N-terminal variable ("V") regions of the
heavy ("H")
and light ("L") chains. Three highly divergent stretches within the V regions
of the heavy
and light chains, referred to as "hypervariable regions," are interposed
between more
conserved flanking stretches known as "framework regions," or "FRs". Thus, the
term "FR"
refers to amino acid sequences that are naturally found between, and adjacent
to,
hypervariable regions in immunoglobulins. In an antibody molecule, the three
hypervariable
regions of a light chain and the three hypervariable regions of a heavy chain
are disposed
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antigen-binding surface is complementary to the three-dimensional surface of a
bound
antigen, and the three hypervariable regions of each of the heavy and light
chains are
referred to as "complementarity-determining regions," or "CDRs." The
assignment of
amino acids to each domain is in accordance with the definitions of Kabat
Sequences of
Proteins of Immunological Interest (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda,
Md. (1987 and
1991)), or Chothia & Lesk J. Mol. Biol. 196:901-917 (1987), Chothia et al.
Nature 342:878-
883 (1989).
[00204] As used herein, the term "epitope" includes any protein
determinant capable
of specific binding to an immunoglobulin, an scFv, or a T-cell receptor. The
term "epitope"
includes any protein determinant capable of specific binding to an
immunoglobulin or T-
cell receptor. Epitopic determinants usually consist of chemically active
surface groupings
of molecules such as amino acids or sugar side chains and usually have
specific three
dimensional structural characteristics, as well as specific charge
characteristics. For
example, antibodies may be raised against N-terminal or C-terminal peptides of
a
polypeptide. An antibody is said to specifically bind an antigen when the
dissociation
constant is < 1 laM; in some embodiments, the dissociation constant is < 100
nM; in some
embodiments, the dissociation constant is < 10 nM.
[00205] As used herein, the terms "specific binding," "immunological
binding," and
"immunological binding properties" refer to the non-covalent interactions of
the type that
occur between an immunoglobulin molecule and an antigen for which the
immunoglobulin
is specific. The strength, or affinity of immunological binding interactions
can be expressed
in terms of the dissociation constant (Kd) of the interaction, wherein a
smaller Kd represents
a greater affinity. Immunological binding properties of selected polypeptides
can be
quantified using methods well known in the art. One such method entails
measuring the
rates of antigen-binding site/antigen complex formation and dissociation,
wherein those
rates depend on the concentrations of the complex partners, the affinity of
the interaction,
and geometric parameters that equally influence the rate in both directions.
Thus, both the
"on rate constant" (Koo) and the "off rate constant" (Koff) can be determined
by calculation
of the concentrations and the actual rates of association and dissociation.
(See Nature
361:186-87 (1993)). The ratio of Koff /Koo enables the cancellation of all
parameters not
related to affinity, and is equal to the dissociation constant Kd. (See,
generally, Davies et al.
(1990) Annual Rev Biochem 59:439-473). An antibody of the present invention is
said to
specifically bind to a target, when the dissociation binding constant (Kd) is
1 laM as
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measured by assays such as radioligand binding assays or similar assays known
to those
skilled in the art. In some embodiments, the Kd is 100 nM. In some
embodiments, the Kd
is 10 nM. In some embodiments, the Kd is 1 nM. In some embodiments, the Kd
is 100
pM to about 1 pM.
[00206] The compositions and methods provided herein enable the attachment
of one
or more agents to one or more cysteine residues in the AB without compromising
the
activity (e.g., the masking, activating or binding activity) of the
activatable antibody.
[00207] The term "isolated polynucleotide" as used herein shall mean a
polynucleotide of genomic, cDNA, or synthetic origin or some combination
thereof, which
by virtue of its origin the "isolated polynucleotide" (1) is not associated
with all or a portion
of a polynucleotide in which the "isolated polynucleotide" is found in nature,
(2) is operably
linked to a polynucleotide that it is not linked to in nature, or (3) does not
occur in nature as
part of a larger sequence. Polynucleotides in accordance with the invention
include the
nucleic acid molecules encoding the heavy chain immunoglobulin molecules shown
herein,
and nucleic acid molecules encoding the light chain immunoglobulin molecules
shown
herein.
[00208] The term "isolated protein" referred to herein means a protein
expressed
from cDNA or recombinant RNA, or a protein of synthetic origin or some
combination
thereof, which by virtue of its origin, or source of derivation, the "isolated
protein" (1) is not
associated with proteins found in nature, (2) is free of other proteins from
the same source,
(3) is expressed by a cell from a different species, or (4) does not occur in
nature.
[00209] The term "polypeptide" is used herein as a generic term to refer
to native
protein, fragments, or analogs of a polypeptide sequence. Hence, native
protein fragments,
and analogs are species of the polypeptide genus. Polypeptides in accordance
with the
invention comprise the heavy chain immunoglobulin molecules shown herein, and
the light
chain immunoglobulin molecules shown herein, as well as antibody molecules
formed by
combinations comprising the heavy chain immunoglobulin molecules with light
chain
immunoglobulin molecules, such as kappa light chain immunoglobulin molecules,
and vice
versa, as well as fragments and analogs thereof
[00210] The term "naturally-occurring" as used herein as applied to an
object refers
to the fact that an object can be found in nature. For example, a polypeptide
or
polynucleotide sequence that is present in an organism (including viruses)
that can be
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isolated from a source in nature and that has not been intentionally modified
by man in the
laboratory or otherwise is naturally-occurring.
[00211] The term "operably linked" as used herein refers to positions of
components
so described are in a relationship permitting them to function in their
intended manner. A
control sequence "operably linked" to a coding sequence is ligated in such a
way that
expression of the coding sequence is achieved under conditions compatible with
the control
sequences.
[00212] The term "control sequence" as used herein refers to
polynucleotide
sequences that are necessary to effect the expression and processing of coding
sequences to
which they are ligated. The nature of such control sequences differs depending
upon the
host organism: in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, such control sequences generally
include
promoter, ribosomal binding site, and transcription termination sequence. The
term "control
sequences" is intended to include, at a minimum, all components whose presence
is
essential for expression and processing, and can also include additional
components whose
presence is advantageous, for example, leader sequences and fusion partner
sequences. The
term "polynucleotide" as referred to herein means nucleotides of at least 10
bases in length,
either ribonucleotides or deoxynucleotides or a modified form of either type
of nucleotide.
The term includes single and double stranded forms of DNA.
[00213] The term oligonucleotide referred to herein includes naturally
occurring, and
modified nucleotides linked together by naturally occurring, and non-naturally
occurring
oligonucleotide linkages. Oligonucleotides are a polynucleotide subset
generally comprising
a length of 200 bases or fewer. In some embodiments, oligonucleotides are 10
to 60 bases in
length. In some embodiments, the oligonucleotides are 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,
18, 19, or 20
to 40 bases in length. Oligonucleotides are usually single stranded, e.g., for
probes, although
oligonucleotides may be double stranded, e.g., for use in the construction of
a gene mutant.
Oligonucleotides of the invention are either sense or antisense
oligonucleotides.
[00214] The term "naturally occurring nucleotides" referred to herein
includes
deoxyribonucleotides and ribonucleotides. The term "modified nucleotides"
referred to
herein includes nucleotides with modified or substituted sugar groups and the
like. The term
"oligonucleotide linkages" referred to herein includes oligonucleotide
linkages such as
phosphorothioate, phosphorodithioate, phosphoroselerloate,
phosphorodiselenoate,
phosphoroanilothioate, phoshoraniladate, phosphoronmidate, and the like. See
e.g.,
LaPlanche et al. Nucl. Acids Res. 14:9081 (1986); Stec et al. J. Am. Chem.
Soc. 106:6077
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(1984), Stein et al. Nucl. Acids Res. 16:3209 (1988), Zon et al. Anti Cancer
Drug Design
6:539 (1991); Zon et al. Oligonucleotides and Analogues: A Practical Approach,
pp. 87-108
(F. Eckstein, Ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford England (1991)); Stec et
al.0 U.S. Patent
No. 5,151,510; Uhlmann and Peyman Chemical Reviews 90:543 (1990). An
oligonucleotide can include a label for detection, if desired.
[00215] As used herein, the twenty conventional amino acids and their
abbreviations
follow conventional usage. See Immunology - A Synthesis (2nd Edition, E.S.
Golub and
D.R. Gren, Eds., Sinauer Associates, Sunderland7 Mass. (1991)). Stereoisomers
(e.g., D-
amino acids) of the twenty conventional amino acids, unnatural amino acids
such as a-, a-
disubstituted amino acids, N-alkyl amino acids, lactic acid, and other
unconventional amino
acids may also be suitable components for polypeptides of the present
invention. Examples
of unconventional amino acids include: 4 hydroxyproline, y-carboxyglutamate, c-
N,N,N-
trimethyllysine, c -N-acetyllysine, 0-phosphoserine, N- acetylserine, N-
formylmethionine,
3-methylhistidine, 5-hydroxylysine, -N-methylarginine, and other similar
amino acids and
imino acids (e.g., 4- hydroxyproline). In the polypeptide notation used
herein, the left-hand
direction is the amino terminal direction and the right-hand direction is the
carboxy-terminal
direction, in accordance with standard usage and convention.
[00216] Similarly, unless specified otherwise, the left-hand end of single-
stranded
polynucleotide sequences is the 5' end the left-hand direction of double-
stranded
polynucleotide sequences is referred to as the 5' direction. The direction of
5' to 3' addition
of nascent RNA transcripts is referred to as the transcription direction.
Sequence regions on
the DNA strand having the same sequence as the RNA and that are 5' to the 5'
end of the
RNA transcript are referred to as "upstream sequences". Sequence regions on
the DNA
strand having the same sequence as the RNA and that are 3' to the 3' end of
the RNA
transcript are referred to as "downstream sequences".
[00217] As applied to polypeptides, the term "substantial identity" means
that two
peptide sequences, when optimally aligned, such as by the programs GAP or
BESTFIT
using default gap weights, share at least 80 percent sequence identity. In
some
embodiments, the two peptide sequences share at least 90 percent sequence
identity. In
some embodiments, the two peptide sequences share at least 95 percent sequence
identity.
In some embodiments, the two peptide sequences share at least 99 percent
sequence
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[00218] In some embodiments, residue positions that are not identical
differ by
conservative amino acid substitutions.
[00219] As discussed herein, minor variations in the amino acid sequences
of
antibodies or immunoglobulin molecules are contemplated as being encompassed
by the
present invention, providing that the variations in the amino acid sequence
maintain at least
75% amino acid sequence identity to a reference sequence (e.g., the wild-type
sequence). In
some embodiments, the variations in the amino acid sequence maintain at least
80%, 90%,
95%, or 99% amino acid identity to the reference sequence. In particular,
conservative
amino acid replacements are contemplated. Conservative replacements are those
that take
place within a family of amino acids that are related in their side chains.
Genetically
encoded amino acids are generally divided into families: (1) acidic amino
acids are
aspartate, glutamate; (2) basic amino acids are lysine, arginine, histidine;
(3) non-polar
amino acids are alanine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, proline, phenylalanine,
methionine,
tryptophan, and (4) uncharged polar amino acids are glycine, asparagine,
glutamine,
cysteine, serine, threonine, tyrosine. The hydrophilic amino acids include
arginine,
asparagine, aspartate, glutamine, glutamate, histidine, lysine, serine, and
threonine. The
hydrophobic amino acids include alanine, cysteine, isoleucine, leucine,
methionine,
phenylalanine, proline, tryptophan, tyrosine and valine. Other families of
amino acids
include (i) serine and threonine, which are the aliphatic-hydroxy family; (ii)
asparagine and
glutamine, which are the amide containing family; (iii) alanine, valine,
leucine and
isoleucine, which are the aliphatic family; and (iv) phenylalanine,
tryptophan, and tyrosine,
which are the aromatic family. For example, it is reasonable to expect that an
isolated
replacement of a leucine with an isoleucine or valine, an aspartate with a
glutamate, a
threonine with a serine, or a similar replacement of an amino acid with a
structurally related
amino acid will not have a major effect on the binding or other properties of
the resulting
molecule, for example, in situations where the replacement does not involve an
amino acid
within a complementarity determining region (CDR) or other variable region.
Whether an
amino acid change results in a functional peptide can readily be determined by
assaying the
specific activity of the polypeptide derivative. Assays are described in
detail herein.
Fragments or analogs of antibodies or immunoglobulin molecules can be readily
prepared
by those of ordinary skill in the art. In some embodiments, amino- and carboxy-
termini of
fragments or analogs occur near boundaries of functional domains. Structural
and functional
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to public or proprietary sequence databases. In some embodiments, computerized

comparison methods are used to identify sequence motifs or predicted protein
conformation
domains that occur in other proteins of known structure and/or function.
Methods to identify
protein sequences that fold into a known three-dimensional structure are
known. Bowie et
al. Science 253:164 (1991). Thus, the foregoing examples demonstrate that
those of skill in
the art can recognize sequence motifs and structural conformations that may be
used to
define structural and functional domains in accordance with the invention.
[00220] In some embodiments, amino acid substitutions are those that: (1)
decrease
susceptibility to proteolysis, (2) decrease susceptibility to oxidation, (3)
alter binding
affinity for forming protein complexes, (4) alter binding affinities, and (4)
confer or modify
other physicochemical or functional properties of such analogs. Analogs can
include various
muteins of a sequence other than the naturally-occurring peptide sequence. For
example,
single or multiple amino acid substitutions (in some embodiments, conservative
amino acid
substitutions) may be made in the naturally- occurring sequence (in some
embodiments, in
the portion of the polypeptide outside the domain(s) forming intermolecular
contacts. A
conservative amino acid substitution should not substantially change the
structural
characteristics of the parent sequence (e.g., a replacement amino acid should
not tend to
break a helix that occurs in the parent sequence, or disrupt other types of
secondary
structure that characterizes the parent sequence). Examples of art-recognized
polypeptide
secondary and tertiary structures are described in Proteins, Structures and
Molecular
Principles (Creighton, Ed., W. H. Freeman and Company, New York (1984));
Introduction
to Protein Structure (C. Branden and J. Tooze, eds., Garland Publishing, New
York, N.Y.
(1991)); and Thornton et at. Nature 354:105 (1991).
[00221] The term "polypeptide fragment" as used herein refers to a
polypeptide that
has an amino terminal and/or carboxy-terminal deletion and/or one or more
internal
deletion(s), but where the remaining amino acid sequence is identical to the
corresponding
positions in the naturally-occurring sequence deduced, for example, from a
full length
cDNA sequence. Fragments typically are at least 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10
amino acids long.
In some embodiments, the fragment is an antibody fragment that is at least 14
amino acids
long. In some embodiments, the fragment is a fragment of the AB that is least
20 amino
acids long. In some embodiments, the fragment is a fragment of the AB that is
at least 50
amino acids long. In some embodiments, the fragment is a fragment of the AB
that is at
least 70 amino acids long. The term "analog" as used herein refers to
polypeptides that are
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comprised of a segment of at least 25 amino acids that has substantial
identity to a portion
of a deduced amino acid sequence and that has specific binding to a target,
under suitable
binding conditions. Typically, polypeptide analogs comprise a conservative
amino acid
substitution (or addition or deletion) with respect to the naturally-
occurring sequence.
Analogs typically are at least 20 amino acids long, in some embodiments, at
least 50 amino
acids long or longer, and can often be as long as a full-length naturally-
occurring
polypeptide.
[00222] The term "agent" is used herein to denote a chemical compound, a
mixture of
chemical compounds, a biological macromolecule, or an extract made from
biological
materials.
[00223] As used herein, the terms "label" or "labeled" refers to
incorporation of a
detectable marker, e.g., by incorporation of a radiolabeled amino acid or
attachment to a
polypeptide of biotinyl moieties that can be detected by marked avidin (e.g.,
streptavidin
containing a fluorescent marker or enzymatic activity that can be detected by
optical or
calorimetric methods). In certain situations, the label or marker can also be
therapeutic.
Various methods of labeling polypeptides and glycoproteins are known in the
art and may
be used. Examples of labels for polypeptides include, but are not limited to,
the following:
3H, 14C, 15N, 35s, 90y, 99Tc, 111m, 125-rI , 131
radioisotopes or radionuclides (e.g., I), fluorescent
labels (e.g., FITC, rhodamine, lanthanide phosphors), enzymatic labels (e.g.,
horseradish
peroxidase, p-galactosidase, luciferase, alkaline phosphatase),
chemiluminescent, biotinyl
groups, predetermined polypeptide epitopes recognized by a secondary reporter
(e.g.,
leucine zipper pair sequences, binding sites for secondary antibodies, metal
binding
domains, epitope tags). In some embodiments, labels are attached by spacer
arms of various
lengths to decrease potential steric hindrance. The term "pharmaceutical agent
or drug" as
used herein refers to a chemical compound or composition capable of inducing a
desired
therapeutic effect when properly administered to a patient.
[00224] The term "drug" as used herein means an element, compound, agent,
or
molecular entity, including, e.g., a pharmaceutical, therapeutic, or
pharmacologic
compound. Drugs can be natural or synthetic or a combination thereof A
"therapeutic drug"
is an agent that exerts a therapeutic (e.g., beneficial) effect on cancer
cells or immune cells
(e.g., activated immune cells), either alone or in combination with another
agent (e.g., a
prodrug converting enzyme in combination with a prodrug). Typically,
therapeutic drugs
useful in accordance with the methods and compositions described herein are
those that
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exert a cytotoxic, cytostatic, or immunosuppressive effect. In certain
embodiments, a drug is
not a radioactive element. The drug can be a thiol-containing agent and/or the
drug can be
engineered to include one or more thiol groups.
[00225] "Cytotoxic agent," in reference to the effect of an agent on a
cell, means
killing of the cell. "Cytostatic agent" means an inhibition of cell
proliferation.
[00226] The term "interchain disulfide bond," in the context of an
antibody, refers to
a disulfide bond between two heavy chains, or a heavy and a light chain.
[00227] The term "interchain thiol" refers to a thiol group of an antibody
heavy or
light chain that can participate in the formation of an interchain disulfide
bond.
[00228] A protein is referred to as "fully-loaded" when all points of
conjugation of a
particular type and/or of similar reactivity are conjugated to drugs,
resulting in a
homogeneous population of protein-drug conjugate. A protein is referred to as
"partially-
loaded" when only some of the possible points of conjugation of a particular
type and/or of
a similar reactivity are conjugated to drugs, resulting in formation of a
certain isomer or
isomers of the protein-drug conjugate.
[00229] Other chemistry terms herein are used according to conventional
usage in the
art, as exemplified by The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemical Terms (Parker,
S., Ed.,
McGraw-Hill, San Francisco (1985)).
[00230] As used herein, "substantially pure" means an object species is
the
predominant species present (i.e., on a molar basis it is more abundant than
any other
individual species in the composition), and in some embodiments, a
substantially purified
fraction is a composition wherein the object species comprises at least about
50 percent (on
a molar basis) of all macromolecular species present.
[00231] Generally, a substantially pure composition will comprise more
than about
80 percent of all macromolecular species present in the composition, in some
embodiments,
more than about 85%, 90%, 95%, and 99%. In some embodiments, the object
species is
purified to essential homogeneity (contaminant species cannot be detected in
the
composition by conventional detection methods) wherein the composition
consists
essentially of a single macromolecular species.
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Use of conjugated activatable antibodies
[00233] It will be appreciated that administration of conjugated
activatable antibodies
in accordance with the invention will be administered with suitable carriers,
excipients, and
other agents that are incorporated into formulations to provide improved
transfer, delivery,
tolerance, and the like. A multitude of appropriate formulations can be found
in the
formulary known to all pharmaceutical chemists: Remington's Pharmaceutical
Sciences
(15th ed, Mack Publishing Company, Easton, PA (1975)), particularly Chapter 87
by Blaug,
Seymour, therein. These formulations include, for example, powders, pastes,
ointments,
jellies, waxes, oils, lipids, lipid (cationic or anionic) containing vesicles
(such as
LipofectinTm), DNA conjugates, anhydrous absorption pastes, oil-in-water and
water-in-oil
emulsions, emulsions carbowax (polyethylene glycols of various molecular
weights), semi-
solid gels, and semi-solid mixtures containing carbowax. Any of the foregoing
mixtures
may be appropriate in treatments and therapies in accordance with the present
invention,
provided that the active ingredient in the formulation is not inactivated by
the formulation
and the formulation is physiologically compatible and tolerable with the route
of
administration. See also Baldrick P. "Pharmaceutical excipient development:
the need for
preclinical guidance." Regul. Toxicol Pharmacol. 32(2):210-8 (2000), Wang W.
"Lyophilization and development of solid protein pharmaceuticals." Int. J.
Pharm. 203(1-
2):1-60 (2000), Charman WN "Lipids, lipophilic drugs, and oral drug delivery-
some
emerging concepts." J Pharm Sci.89(8):967-78 (2000), Powell et al. "Compendium
of
excipients for parenteral formulations" PDA J Pharm Sci Technol. 52:238-311
(1998) and
the citations therein for additional information related to formulations,
excipients and
carriers well known to pharmaceutical chemists.
[00234] Therapeutic formulations of the invention, which include a
conjugated
activatable antibody, are used to prevent, treat or otherwise ameliorate a
disease or disorder
associated with expression and/or activity of a target. For example,
therapeutic formulations
of the invention are used to treat or otherwise ameliorate a cancer or other
neoplastic
condition. In some embodiments the cancer is a solid tumor or a hematologic
malignancy
where the target is expressed. In some embodiments the cancer is a solid tumor
where the
target is expressed. In some embodiments the cancer is a hematologic
malignancy where the
target is expressed. In some embodiments, the target is expressed on
parenchyma (e.g., in
cancer, the portion of an organ or tissue that often carries out function(s)
of the organ or
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tissue). In some embodiments, the target is expressed on a cell, tissue, or
organ. In some
embodiments, the target is expressed on stroma (i.e., the connective
supportive framework
of a cell, tissue, or organ). In some embodiments, the target is expressed on
an osteoblast. In
some embodiments, the target is expressed on the endothelium (vasculature). In
some
embodiments, the target is expressed on a cancer stem cell. In some
embodiments, the agent
to which the activatable antibody is conjugated is a microtubule inhibitor. In
some
embodiments, the agent to which the activatable antibody is conjugated is a
nucleic acid
damaging agent.
[00235] Pathologies treated and/or prevented and/or for which the
progression is
delayed and/or for which a symptom is ameliorated using the conjugated
activatable anti-
EGFR antibodies of the invention include, for example, diseases or disorders
associated
with expression and/or activity of EGFR. In some embodiments, the disease or
disorder
associated with expression and/or activity of EGFR is a cancer. In some
embodiments, the
cancer is a breast cancer, e.g., by way of non-limiting example, the breast
cancer is a triple-
negative breast cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is a triple-negative
breast cancer.
In some embodiments, the cancer is colorectal cancer. In some embodiments, the
cancer is
gastric cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is glioblastoma. In some
embodiments, the
cancer is a head and neck cancer, e.g., by way of non-limiting example,
esophageal cancer.
In some embodiments, the cancer is an esophageal cancer. In some embodiments,
the cancer
is a lung cancer, e.g., by way of non-limiting example, non-small cell lung
cancer. In some
embodiments, the cancer is a non-small cell lung cancer. In some embodiments,
the cancer
is ovarian/endometrial cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is ovarian
cancer. In some
embodiments, the cancer is endometrial cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer
is
pancreatic cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is prostate cancer. In some

embodiments, the cancer is a renal cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is
a sarcoma,
e.g., by way of non-limiting example, osteosarcoma. In some embodiments, the
cancer is an
osteosarcoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is a skin cancer, e.g., by way
of non-
limiting example, squamous cell cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and/or melanoma.
In some
embodiments, the cancer is a squamous cell cancer. In some embodiments, the
cancer is a
skin squamous cell carcinoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is an esophageal
squamous
cell carcinoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is a head and neck squamous
cell
carcinoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is a lung squamous cell carcinoma.
In some
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melanoma. In some embodiments, the agent to which the activatable antibody is
conjugated
is a microtubule inhibitor. In some embodiments, the agent to which the
activatable
antibody is conjugated is a nucleic acid damaging agent.
[00236] In some embodiments, the indication, e.g., disease or disorder
associated
with expression and/or activity of EGFR is an inflammatory disorder and/or an
autoimmune
disease. In some embodiments, the inflammatory and/or autoimmune disease is
psoriasis. In
some embodiments, the agent to which the activatable antibody is conjugated is
a
microtubule inhibitor. In some embodiments, the agent to which the activatable
antibody is
conjugated is a nucleic acid damaging agent.
[00237] Pathologies treated and/or prevented and/or for which the
progression is
delayed and/or for which a symptom is ameliorated using the conjugated
activatable anti-
Jagged antibodies of the invention include, for example, cancer. In some
embodiments, the
conjugated activatable anti-Jagged antibodies of the invention are used to
treat, prevent,
delay the progression of, and/or ameliorate a symptom of a pathology such as,
for example,
leukemias, including T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and chronic
lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), lymphoblastic diseases including multiple myeloma,
and
solid tumors, including lung, colorectal, prostate, pancreatic and breast,
including triple
negative breast cancer. In addition, since notch signaling is important for
the survival and
growth of cancer stem cells, inhibition of Jagged dependent notch signaling
would impact
stem cell growth and survival.
[00238] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, bone disease or metastasis in
cancer,
regardless of primary tumor origin.
[00239] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, breast cancer, including by way
of non-
limiting example, ER/PR+ breast cancer, Her2+ breast cancer, triple-negative
breast cancer.
[00240] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, colorectal cancer.
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[00241] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, gastric cancer.
[00242] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, glioblastoma.
[00243] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, head and neck cancer.
[00244] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, lung cancer, such as by way of
non-limiting
example, non-small cell lung cancer.
[00245] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, multiple myeloma.
[00246] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, ovarian cancer.
[00247] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, pancreatic cancer.
[00248] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, prostate cancer.
[00249] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, sarcoma.
[00250] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, renal cancer, such as by way of
nonlimiting
example, renal cell carcinoma.
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[00251] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, thyroid cancer.
[00252] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, a urogenital cancer, such as
bladder cancer,
kidney cancer, or uterine cancer. In some embodiments, the pathology is
bladder cancer. In
some embodiments, the pathology is kidney cancer. In some embodiments, the
pathology is
uterine cancer.
[00253] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, skin cancer, such as by way of
nonlimiting
example, skin squamous cell cancer, such as esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
(also
known as squamous cell cancer of the esophagus), head and neck squamous cell
carcinoma
(also known as squamous cell cancer of the head and neck) or lung squamous
cell
carcinoma (also known as squamous cell cancer of the lung), basal cell
carcinoma, or
melanoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is a squamous cell cancer. In some
embodiments, the cancer is a skin squamous cell carcinoma. In some
embodiments, the
cancer is an esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. In some embodiments, the
cancer is a
head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is a
lung
squamous cell carcinoma. In some embodiments, the cancer is a basal cell
carcinoma. In
some embodiments, the cancer is a melanoma.
[00254] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, acute lymphoblastic leukemia
(ALL), acute
myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL) or
myelodysplastic
syndrome (MDS). In some embodiments, the pathology is ALL. In some
embodiments, the
pathology is AML. In some embodiments, the pathology is CLL. In some
embodiments, the
pathology is MDS.
[00255] In addition to cancer, Jagged-dependent notch signaling is
critical to
epithelial and fibroblast differentiation to myofibroblasts, cells with a
central role in the
development of fibrotic disease. Inhibition of Jagged dependent notch
signaling, and
therefore inhibition of the emergence of myofibroblasts, would be an effective
treatment for
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fibrotic diseases of the kidney, liver, lung, and skin. In some embodiments,
the conjugated
activatable anti-Jagged antibodies are used to treat a fibrotic disorder, such
as idiopathic
pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
[00256] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, fibrotic disease.
[00257] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,
kidney fibrotic
disease, liver fibrotic disease, peritoneal dialysis-induced fibrosis,
scleroderma.
[00258] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or
ameliorate a
symptom of a pathology such as, for example, hearing loss.
[00259] In some embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged
antibodies of
the invention that are used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of,
and/or ameliorate a
symptom of such pathologies are conjugated to a microtubule inhibitor agent.
In some
embodiments, the conjugated activatable anti-Jagged antibodies of the
invention that are
used to treat, prevent, delay the progression of, and/or ameliorate a symptom
of such
pathologies are conjugated to a nucleic acid damaging agent.
[00260] Pathologies treated and/or prevented and/or for which the
progression is
delayed and/or for which a symptom is ameliorated using the conjugated
activatable anti-
interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6) antibodies of the invention include, for
example, diseases or
disorders associated with expression and/or activity of IL-6R. In some
embodiments, the
disease or disorder associated with expression and/or activity of IL-6R is
cancer. In some
embodiments, the cancer is breast cancer, including but not limited to, triple
negative breast
cancer (TNBC). In some embodiments, the cancer is Castleman's disease. In some

embodiments, the cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma. In some embodiments, the
cancer is
lung cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is multiple myeloma. In some
embodiments,
the cancer is ovarian cancer. In some embodiments, the cancer is prostate
cancer. In some
embodiments, the agent to which the activatable antibody is conjugated is a
microtubule
inhibitor. In some embodiments, the agent to which the activatable antibody is
conjugated is
a nucleic acid damaging agent.
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[00261] In some embodiments, the disease or disorder is inflammation
and/or an
inflammatory disorder. In some embodiments, the disease or disorder is an
autoimmune
disease. In some embodiments, the agent to which the activatable antibody is
conjugated is
a microtubule inhibitor. In some embodiments, the agent to which the
activatable antibody
is conjugated is a nucleic acid damaging agent.
[00262] Increased proteolysis is known to be a hallmark of cancer. (See
e.g., Affara
NI, et al. "Delineating protease functions during cancer development." Methods
Mol Biol.
539 (2009): 1-32). Progression, invasion and metastasis of tumors result from
several
interdependent processes in which proteases are implicated.
[00263] Efficaciousness of prevention, amelioration or treatment is
determined in
association with any known method for diagnosing or treating the disease or
disorder
associated with target expression and/or activity. Prolonging the survival of
a subject or
otherwise delaying the progression of the disease or disorder associated with
target
expression and/or activity in a subject indicates that the activatable
antibody confers a
clinical benefit.
[00264] Conjugated activatable antibodies can be administered in the form
of
pharmaceutical compositions. Principles and considerations involved in
preparing such
compositions, as well as guidance in the choice of components are provided,
for example, in
Remington: The Science And Practice Of Pharmacy 19th ed. (Alfonso R. Gennaro,
et al.,
editors) Mack Pub. Co., Easton, Pa.: 1995; Drug Absorption Enhancement:
Concepts,
Possibilities, Limitations, And Trends, Harwood Academic Publishers,
Langhorne, Pa.,
1994; and Peptide And Protein Drug Delivery (Advances In Parenteral Sciences,
Vol. 4),
1991, M. Dekker, New York.
[00265] One embodiment of an activatable antibody fragment is the smallest
fragment that specifically binds to the binding domain of the target protein.
For example,
based upon the variable-region sequences of an antibody, peptide molecules can
be
designed that retain the ability to bind the target protein sequence. Such
peptides can be
synthesized chemically and/or produced by recombinant DNA technology. (See,
e.g.,
Marasco et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 90: 7889-7893 (1993)). The
formulation can
also contain more than one active compound as necessary for the particular
indication being
treated, and in some embodiments, those with complementary activities that do
not
adversely affect each other. Alternatively, or in addition, the composition
can comprise an
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chemotherapeutic agent, or growth-inhibitory agent. Such molecules are
suitably present in
combination in amounts that are effective for the purpose intended.
[00266] The active ingredients can also be entrapped in microcapsules
prepared, for
example, by coacervation techniques or by interfacial polymerization, for
example,
hydroxymethylcellulose or gelatin-microcapsules and poly-(methylmethacrylate)
microcapsules, respectively, in colloidal drug delivery systems (for example,
liposomes,
albumin microspheres, microemulsions, nano-particles, and nanocapsules) or in
macroemulsions.
[00267] The formulations to be used for in vivo administration must be
sterile. This is
readily accomplished by filtration through sterile filtration membranes.
[00268] Sustained-release preparations can be prepared. Suitable examples
of
sustained-release preparations include semipermeable matrices of solid
hydrophobic
polymers containing the antibody, where matrices are in the form of shaped
articles, e.g.,
films, or microcapsules. Examples of sustained-release matrices include
polyesters,
hydrogels (for example, poly(2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate), or
poly(vinylalcohol)),
polylactides (U.S. Pat. No. 3,773,919), copolymers of L-glutamic acid and 7
ethyl-L-
glutamate, non-degradable ethylene-vinyl acetate, degradable lactic acid-
glycolic acid
copolymers such as the LUPRON DEPOT TM (injectable microspheres composed of
lactic
acid-glycolic acid copolymer and leuprolide acetate), and poly-D-(-)-3-
hydroxybutyric acid.
While polymers such as ethylene-vinyl acetate and lactic acid-glycolic acid
enable release
of molecules for over 100 days, certain hydrogels release proteins for shorter
time periods.
[00269] In some embodiments, the activatable antibody contains a
detectable label.
An intact antibody, or a fragment thereof (e.g., Fab, scFv, or F(ab)2) is
used. The term
"labeled", with regard to the probe or antibody, is intended to encompass
direct labeling of
the probe or antibody by coupling (i.e., physically linking) a detectable
substance to the
probe or antibody, as well as indirect labeling of the probe or antibody by
reactivity with
another reagent that is directly labeled. Examples of indirect labeling
include detection of a
primary antibody using a fluorescently-labeled secondary antibody and end-
labeling of a
DNA probe with biotin such that it can be detected with fluorescently-labeled
streptavidin.
The term "biological sample" is intended to include tissues, cells and
biological fluids
isolated from a subject, as well as tissues, cells and fluids present within a
subject. Included
within the usage of the term "biological sample", therefore, is blood and a
fraction or
component of blood including blood serum, blood plasma, or lymph. That is, the
detection
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method of the invention can be used to detect a protein, polypeptide or
peptide in a
biological sample in vitro as well as in vivo. For example, in vitro
techniques for detection
of an analyte protein include enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs),
Western
blots, immunoprecipitations, immunochemical staining, and immunofluorescence.
Procedures for conducting immunoassays are described, for example in "ELISA:
Theory
and Practice: Methods in Molecular Biology", Vol. 42, J. R. Crowther (Ed.)
Human Press,
Totowa, NJ, 1995; "Immunoassay", E. Diamandis and T. Christopoulus, Academic
Press,
Inc., San Diego, CA, 1996; and "Practice and Theory of Enzyme Immunoassays",
P.
Tijssen, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, 1985. Furthermore, in vivo
techniques for
detection of an analyte protein include introducing into a subject a labeled
anti-analyte
protein antibody. For example, the antibody can be labeled with a radioactive
marker whose
presence and location in a subject can be detected by standard imaging
techniques.
Diagnostic and Prophylactic Formulations
[00270] The conjugated activatable antibodies of the invention are used in
diagnostic
and prophylactic formulations. In one embodiment, a conjugated activatable
antibody is
administered to patients that are at risk of developing one or more of the
aforementioned
cancer or other disorders. A patient's or organ's predisposition to one or
more of the
aforementioned disorders can be determined using genotypic, serological or
biochemical
markers.
[00271] In some embodiments of the invention, a conjugated activatable
antibody is
administered to human individuals diagnosed with a clinical indication
associated with one
or more of the aforementioned disorders. Upon diagnosis, a conjugated
activatable antibody
is administered to mitigate or reverse the effects of the clinical indication.
[00272] Conjugated activatable antibodies of the invention are also useful
in the
detection of a target in patient samples and accordingly are useful as
diagnostics. For
example, the conjugated activatable antibodies of the invention are used in in
vitro assays,
e.g., ELISA, to detect target levels in a patient sample.
[00273] Conjugated activatable antibodies can also be used in diagnostic
and/or
imaging methods. In some embodiments, such methods are in vitro methods. In
some
embodiments, such methods are in vivo methods. In some embodiments, such
methods are
in situ methods. In some embodiments, such methods are ex vivo methods. For
example, a
conjugated activatable antibody having an enzymatically cleavable CM can be
used to
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detect the presence or absence of an enzyme that is capable of cleaving the
CM. Such
conjugated activatable antibodies can be used in diagnostics, which can
include in vivo
detection (e.g., qualitative or quantitative) of enzyme activity (or, in some
embodiments, an
environment of increased reduction potential such as that which can provide
for reduction of
a disulfide bond) through measured accumulation of activated conjugated
activatable
antibodies (i.e., antibodies resulting from cleavage of a conjugated
activatable antibody) in a
given cell or tissue of a given host organism. Such accumulation of activated
conjugated
antibodies indicates not only that the tissue expresses enzymatic activity (or
an increased
reduction potential depending on the nature of the CM) but also that the
tissue expresses
target to which the activated antibody binds.
[00274] For example, the CM can be selected to be a protease substrate for
a protease
found at the site of a tumor, at the site of a viral or bacterial infection at
a biologically
confined site (e.g., such as in an abscess, in an organ, and the like), and
the like. The AB
can be one that binds a target antigen. Using methods as disclosed herein or,
when
appropriate, methods familiar to one skilled in the art, a detectable label
(e.g., a fluorescent
label or radioactive label or radiotracer) can be conjugated to an AB or other
region of an
activatable antibody. Suitable detectable labels are discussed in the context
of the above
screening methods and additional specific examples are provided below. Using
an AB
specific to a protein or peptide of the disease state, along with a protease
whose activity is
elevated in the disease tissue of interest, protease-activated activatable
antibodies will
exhibit an increased rate of binding to disease tissue relative to tissues
where the CM
specific enzyme is not present at a detectable level or is present at a lower
level than in
disease tissue or is inactive (e.g., in zymogen form or in complex with an
inhibitor). Since
small proteins and peptides are rapidly cleared from the blood by the renal
filtration system,
and because the enzyme specific for the CM is not present at a detectable
level (or is present
at lower levels in non-disease tissues or is present in inactive
conformation), accumulation
of activated antibodies in the disease tissue is enhanced relative to non-
disease tissues.
[00275] In another example, conjugated activatable antibodies can be used
to detect
the presence or absence of a cleaving agent in a sample. For example, where
the conjugated
activatable antibodies contain a CM susceptible to cleavage by an enzyme, the
conjugated
activatable antibodies can be used to detect (either qualitatively or
quantitatively) the
presence of an enzyme in the sample. In another example, where the conjugated
activatable
antibodies contain a CM susceptible to cleavage by reducing agent, the
conjugated
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activatable antibodies can be used to detect (either qualitatively or
quantitatively) the
presence of reducing conditions in a sample. To facilitate analysis in these
methods, the
conjugated activatable antibodies can be detectably labeled and can be bound
to a support
(e.g., a solid support, such as a slide or bead). The detectable label can be
positioned on a
portion of the activatable antibody that is not released following cleavage,
for example, the
detectable label can be a quenched fluorescent label or other label that is
not detectable until
cleavage has occurred. The assay can be conducted by, for example, contacting
the
immobilized, detectably labeled activatable antibodies with a sample suspected
of
containing an enzyme and/or reducing agent for a time sufficient for cleavage
to occur, then
washing to remove excess sample and contaminants. The presence or absence of
the
cleaving agent (e.g., enzyme or reducing agent) in the sample is then assessed
by a change
in detectable signal of the activatable antibodies prior to contacting with
the sample e.g., the
presence of and/or an increase in detectable signal due to cleavage of the
activatable
antibody by the cleaving agent in the sample.
[00276] Such detection methods can be adapted to also provide for
detection of the
presence or absence of a target that is capable of binding the AB of the
conjugated
activatable antibodies when cleaved. Thus, the assays can be adapted to assess
the presence
or absence of a cleaving agent and the presence or absence of a target of
interest. The
presence or absence of the cleaving agent can be detected by the presence of
and/or an
increase in detectable label of the activatable antibodies as described above,
and the
presence or absence of the target can be detected by detection of a target-AB
complex e.g.,
by use of a detectably labeled anti-target antibody.
[00277] Conjugated activatable antibodies are also useful in in situ
imaging for the
validation of activatable antibody activation, e.g., by protease cleavage, and
binding to a
particular target. In situ imaging is a technique that enables localization of
proteolytic
activity and target in biological samples such as cell cultures or tissue
sections. Using this
technique, it is possible to confirm both binding to a given target and
proteolytic activity
based on the presence of a detectable label (e.g., a fluorescent label).
[00278] These techniques are useful with any frozen cells or tissue
derived from a
disease site (e.g. tumor tissue) or healthy tissues. These techniques are also
useful with fresh
cell or tissue samples.
[00279] In these techniques, an activatable antibody is labeled with a
detectable label.
The detectable label may be a fluorescent dye, (e.g. Fluorescein
Isothiocyanate (FITC),
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Rhodamine Isothiocyanate (TRITC), an Alexa Fluor label, such as Alexa Fluor
680 or
Alexa Fluor 750), a near infrared (NIR) dye (e.g., QdotO nanocrystals), a
colloidal metal,
a hapten, a radioactive marker, biotin and an amplification reagent such as
streptavidin, or
an enzyme (e.g., horseradish peroxidase or alkaline phosphatase).
[00280] Detection of the label in a sample that has been incubated with
the labeled,
activatable antibody indicates that the sample contains the target and
contains a protease
that is specific for the CM of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments,
the presence
of the protease can be confirmed using broad spectrum protease inhibitors
and/or using an
agent that is specific for the protease, for example, an antibody such as All,
which is
specific for the protease matriptase (MT-SP1) and inhibits the proteolytic
activity of MT-
SP1; see e.g., International Publication Number WO 2010/129609, published 11
November
2010. The same approach of using broad spectrum protease inhibitors and/or by
using a
more selective inhibitory agent can be used to identify a protease or class of
proteases
specific for the CM of the activatable antibody. In some embodiments, the
presence of the
target can be confirmed using an agent that is specific for the target, e.g.,
another antibody,
or the detectable label can be competed with unlabeled target. In some
embodiments,
unlabeled activatable antibody could be used, with detection by a labeled
secondary
antibody or more complex detection system.
[00281] Similar techniques are also useful for in vivo imaging where
detection of the
fluorescent signal in a subject, e.g., a mammal, including a human, indicates
that the disease
site contains the target and contains a protease that is specific for the CM
of the activatable
antibody.
[00282] These techniques are also useful in kits and/or as reagents for
the detection,
identification or characterization of protease activity in a variety of cells,
tissues, and
organisms based on the protease-specific CM in the activatable antibody.
[00283] In some embodiments, in situ imaging and/or in vivo imaging are
useful in
methods to identify which patients to treat. For example, in in situ imaging,
the activatable
antibodies are used to screen patient samples to identify those patients
having the
appropriate protease(s) and target(s) at the appropriate location, e.g., at a
tumor site.
[00284] In some embodiments in situ imaging is used to identify or
otherwise refine a
patient population suitable for treatment with a conjugated activatable
antibody of the
disclosure. For example, patients that test positive for both the target and a
protease that
cleaves the substrate in the cleavable moiety (CM) of the activatable antibody
being tested
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(e.g., accumulate activated antibodies at the disease site) are identified as
suitable
candidates for treatment with such an activatable antibody comprising such a
CM.
Likewise, patients that test negative for either or both of the target and the
protease that
cleaves the substrate in the CM in the activatable antibody being tested using
these methods
might be identified as suitable candidates for another form of therapy. In
some
embodiments, such patients that test negative with respect to a first
activatable antibody can
be tested with other activatable antibodies comprising different CMs until a
suitable
activatable antibody for treatment is identified (e.g., an activatable
antibody comprising a
CM that is cleaved by the patient at the site of disease). In some
embodiments, the patient is
then administered a therapeutically effective amount of the conjugated
activatable antibody
for which the patient tested positive.
[00285] In some embodiments in vivo imaging is used to identify or
otherwise refine
a patient population suitable for treatment with an activatable antibody of
the disclosure.
For example, patients that test positive for both the target and a protease
that cleaves the
substrate in the cleavable moiety (CM) of the activatable antibody being
tested (e.g.,
accumulate activated antibodies at the disease site) are identified as
suitable candidates for
treatment with such an activatable antibody comprising such a CM. Likewise,
patients that
test negative might be identified as suitable candidates for another form of
therapy. In some
embodiments, such patients that test negative with respect to a first
activatable antibody can
be tested with other activatable antibodies comprising different CMs until a
suitable
activatable antibody for treatment is identified (e.g., an activatable
antibody comprising a
CM that is cleaved by the patient at the site of disease). In some
embodiments, the patient is
then administered a therapeutically effective amount of the conjugated
activatable antibody
for which the patient tested positive.
Pharmaceutical compositions
[00286] The conjugated activatable antibodies of the invention (also
referred to
herein as "active compounds"), and derivatives, fragments, analogs and
homologs thereof,
can be incorporated into pharmaceutical compositions suitable for
administration. Such
compositions typically comprise the conjugated activatable antibody and a
pharmaceutically
acceptable carrier. As used herein, the term "pharmaceutically acceptable
carrier" is
intended to include any and all solvents, dispersion media, coatings,
antibacterial and
antifungal agents, isotonic and absorption delaying agents, and the like,
compatible with
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pharmaceutical administration. Suitable carriers are described in the most
recent edition of
Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences, a standard reference text in the field,
which is
incorporated herein by reference. Examples of such carriers or diluents
include, but are not
limited to, water, saline, ringer's solutions, dextrose solution, and 5% human
serum
albumin. Liposomes and non-aqueous vehicles such as fixed oils may also be
used. The use
of such media and agents for pharmaceutically active substances is well known
in the art.
Except insofar as any conventional media or agent is incompatible with the
active
compound, use thereof in the compositions is contemplated. Supplementary
active
compounds can also be incorporated into the compositions.
[00287] A pharmaceutical composition of the invention is formulated to be
compatible with its intended route of administration. Examples of routes of
administration
include parenteral, e.g., intravenous, intradermal, subcutaneous, oral (e.g.,
inhalation),
transdermal (i.e., topical), transmucosal, and rectal administration.
Solutions or suspensions
used for parenteral, intradermal, or subcutaneous application can include the
following
components: a sterile diluent such as water for injection, saline solution,
fixed oils,
polyethylene glycols, glycerine, propylene glycol or other synthetic solvents;
antibacterial
agents such as benzyl alcohol or methyl parabens; antioxidants such as
ascorbic acid or
sodium bisulfite; chelating agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
(EDTA); buffers
such as acetates, citrates or phosphates, and agents for the adjustment of
tonicity such as
sodium chloride or dextrose. The pH can be adjusted with acids or bases, such
as
hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide. The parenteral preparation can be
enclosed in
ampoules, disposable syringes or multiple dose vials made of glass or plastic.
[00288] Pharmaceutical compositions suitable for injectable use include
sterile
aqueous solutions (where water soluble) or dispersions and sterile powders for
the
extemporaneous preparation of sterile injectable solutions or dispersion. For
intravenous
administration, suitable carriers include physiological saline, bacteriostatic
water,
Cremophor ELTM (BASF, Parsippany, N.J.) or phosphate buffered saline (PBS). In
all cases,
the composition must be sterile and should be fluid to the extent that easy
syringeability
exists. It must be stable under the conditions of manufacture and storage and
must be
preserved against the contaminating action of microorganisms such as bacteria
and fungi.
The carrier can be a solvent or dispersion medium containing, for example,
water, ethanol,
polyol (for example, glycerol, propylene glycol, and liquid polyethylene
glycol, and the
like), and suitable mixtures thereof The proper fluidity can be maintained,
for example, by
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the use of a coating such as lecithin, by the maintenance of the required
particle size in the
case of dispersion and by the use of surfactants. Prevention of the action of
microorganisms
can be achieved by various antibacterial and antifungal agents, for example,
parabens,
chlorobutanol, phenol, ascorbic acid, thimerosal, and the like. In many cases,
it will be
suitable to include isotonic agents, for example, sugars, polyalcohols such as
manitol,
sorbitol, sodium chloride in the composition. Prolonged absorption of the
injectable
compositions can be brought about by including in the composition an agent
that delays
absorption, for example, aluminum monostearate and gelatin.
[00289] Sterile injectable solutions can be prepared by incorporating the
active
compound in the required amount in an appropriate solvent with one or a
combination of
ingredients enumerated above, as required, followed by filtered sterilization.
Generally,
dispersions are prepared by incorporating the active compound into a sterile
vehicle that
contains a basic dispersion medium and the required other ingredients from
those
enumerated above. In the case of sterile powders for the preparation of
sterile injectable
solutions, methods of preparation are vacuum drying and freeze-drying that
yields a powder
of the active ingredient plus any additional desired ingredient from a
previously sterile-
filtered solution thereof
[00290] Oral compositions generally include an inert diluent or an edible
carrier.
They can be enclosed in gelatin capsules or compressed into tablets. For the
purpose of oral
therapeutic administration, the active compound can be incorporated with
excipients and
used in the form of tablets, troches, or capsules. Oral compositions can also
be prepared
using a fluid carrier for use as a mouthwash, wherein the compound in the
fluid carrier is
applied orally and swished and expectorated or swallowed. Pharmaceutically
compatible
binding agents, and/or adjuvant materials can be included as part of the
composition. The
tablets, pills, capsules, troches and the like can contain any of the
following ingredients, or
compounds of a similar nature: a binder such as microcrystalline cellulose,
gum tragacanth
or gelatin; an excipient such as starch or lactose, a disintegrating agent
such as alginic acid,
Primogel, or corn starch; a lubricant such as magnesium stearate or Sterotes;
a glidant such
as colloidal silicon dioxide; a sweetening agent such as sucrose or saccharin;
or a flavoring
agent such as peppermint, methyl salicylate, or orange flavoring.
[00291] For administration by inhalation, the compounds are delivered in
the form of
an aerosol spray from pressured container or dispenser that contains a
suitable propellant,
e.g., a gas such as carbon dioxide, or a nebulizer.
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[00292] Systemic administration can also be by transmucosal or transdermal
means.
For transmucosal or transdermal administration, penetrants appropriate to the
barrier to be
permeated are used in the formulation. Such penetrants are generally known in
the art, and
include, for example, for transmucosal administration, detergents, bile salts,
and fusidic acid
derivatives. Transmucosal administration can be accomplished through the use
of nasal
sprays or suppositories. For transdermal administration, the active compounds
are
formulated into ointments, salves, gels, or creams as generally known in the
art.
[00293] The compounds can also be prepared in the form of suppositories
(e.g., with
conventional suppository bases such as cocoa butter and other glycerides) or
retention
enemas for rectal delivery.
[00294] In one embodiment, the active compounds are prepared with carriers
that
will protect the compound against rapid elimination from the body, such as a
controlled
release formulation, including implants and microencapsulated delivery
systems.
Biodegradable, biocompatible polymers can be used, such as ethylene vinyl
acetate,
polyanhydrides, polyglycolic acid, collagen, polyorthoesters, and polylactic
acid. Methods
for preparation of such formulations will be apparent to those skilled in the
art. The
materials can also be obtained commercially from Alza Corporation and Nova
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Liposomal suspensions (including liposomes targeted to
infected cells
with monoclonal antibodies to viral antigens) can also be used as
pharmaceutically
acceptable carriers. These can be prepared according to methods known to those
skilled in
the art, for example, as described in U.S. Patent No. 4,522,811.
[00295] It is especially advantageous to formulate oral or parenteral
compositions in
dosage unit form for ease of administration and uniformity of dosage. Dosage
unit form as
used herein refers to physically discrete units suited as unitary dosages for
the subject to be
treated; each unit containing a predetermined quantity of active compound
calculated to
produce the desired therapeutic effect in association with the required
pharmaceutical
carrier. The specification for the dosage unit forms of the invention are
dictated by and
directly dependent on the unique characteristics of the active compound and
the particular
therapeutic effect to be achieved, and the limitations inherent in the art of
compounding
such an active compound for the treatment of individuals.
[00296] The pharmaceutical compositions can be included in a container,
pack, or
dispenser together with instructions for administration.
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[00297] The invention will be further described in the following examples,
which do
not limit the scope of the invention described in the claims.
Examples
Example 1. Materials and Methods
[00298] The examples provided herein use an anti-EGFR activatable antibody
referred to herein as activatable antibody 3954-1204-C225v5 (also referred to
herein as
3954-1204-C225v5 activatable antibody or 3954-1204-C225v5) that includes an
EGFR-
binding sequence, a masking moiety (MM), and a cleavable moiety (CM) that is a
substrate
for a protease. These examples also use an activatable anti-EGFR antibody
construct
referred to herein as masked antibody 3954-NSUB-C225v5 (also referred to
herein as 3954-
NSUB-C225v5 masked antibody or 3954-NSUB-C225v5) that includes a non-cleavable

moiety located between the MM and the EGFR-binding sequence. It is to be
understood that
while the examples provided herein use these anti-EGFR activatable antibody
constructs,
these methods are applicable to any activatable antibody having two or more
cysteine
residues, where it is desired that only a portion of the total number of
cysteine residues in
the activatable antibody be reduced prior to conjugation. This is referred to
herein as
"partial reduction."
[00299] It should be further understood that the examples provided herein
use a
fluorescent agent, Alexa-680 Fluor (also referred to herein as Alexa 680 ),
as the agent
that is to be conjugated to an activatable antibody. This particular dye was
chosen because it
has a molecular weight that is similar to a known cytotoxic agent, MMAE.
However, this
fluorescent agent is merely used as an example, and the compositions and
methods used
herein are useful with any number of conjugated agents, including by way of
non-limiting
example, toxins and other payload agents. The compositions and methods are not
limited to
agents of any particular molecular weight, size or other such characteristic.
[00300] Anti-EGFR activatable antibody constructs: The 3954-1204-C225v5
activatable anti-EGFR antibody construct includes the following heavy and
light chain
sequences:
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3954-1204-C225v5 Activatable Antibody Heavy Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
[C225v5 (SEQ ID NO: 1)]
[caggtgcagctgaaacagagcggcccgggcctggtgcagccgagccagagcctgagcatt
acctgcaccgtgagcggctttagcctgaccaactatggcgtgcattgggtgcgccagagcc
cgggcaaaggcctggaatggctgggcgtgatttggagcggcggcaacaccgattataacac
cccgtttaccagccgcctgagcattaacaaagataacagcaaaagccaggtgttttttaaa
atgaacagcctgcaaagccaggataccgcgatttattattgcgcgcgcgcgctgacctatt
atgattatgaatttgcgtattggggccagggcaccctggtgaccgtgagcgcggctagcac
caagggcccatcggtcttccccctggcaccctcctccaagagcacctctgggggcacagcg
gccctgggctgcctggtcaaggactacttccccgaaccggtgacggtgtcgtggaactcag
gcgccctgaccagcggcgtgcacaccttcccggctgtcctacagtcctcaggactctactc
cctcagcagcgtggtgaccgtgccctccagcagcttgggcacccagacctacatctgcaac
gtgaatcacaagcccagcaacaccaaggtggacaagaaagttgagcccaaatcttgtgaca
aaactcacacatgcccaccgtgcccagcacctgaactcctggggggaccgtcagtcttcct
cttccccccaaaacccaaggacaccctcatgatctcccggacccctgaggtcacatgcgtg
gtggtggacgtgagccacgaagaccctgaggtcaagttcaactggtacgtggacggcgtgg
aggtgcataatgccaagacaaagccgcgggaggagcagtacaacagcacgtaccgtgtggt
cagcgtcctcaccgtcctgcaccaggactggctgaatggcaaggagtacaagtgcaaggtc
tccaacaaagccctcccagcccccatcgagaaaaccatctccaaagccaaagggcagcccc
gagaaccacaggtgtacaccctgcccccatcccgggatgaactgaccaagaaccaggtcag
cctgacctgcctggtcaaaggcttctatcccagcgacatcgccgtggagtgggagagcaat
gggcagccggagaacaactacaagaccacgcctcccgtgctggactccgacggctccttct
tcctctacagcaagctcaccgtggacaagagcaggtggcagcaggggaacgtcttctcatg
ctccgtgatgcatgaggctctgcacaaccactacacgcagaagagcctctccctgtctccg
ggtaaatga] (SEQ ID NO: 1)
3954-1204-C225v5 Activatable Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
[C225v5 (SEQ ID NO: 2)]
[QVQLKQSGPGLVQPSQSLSITCTVSGFSLTNYGVHWVRQSPGKGLEWLGVIWSGGNTDYN
TPFTSRLSINKDNSKSQVFFKMNSLQSQDTAIYYCARALTYYDYEFAYWGQGTLVTVSAAS
TKGPSVFPLAPSSKSTSGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTVSWNSGALTSGVHTFPAVLQSSGLY
SLSSVVTVPSSSLGTQTYICNVNHKPSNTKVDKKVEPKSCDKTHTCPPCPAPELLGGPSVF
LFPPKPKDTLMISRTPEVTCVVVDVSHEDPEVKFNWYVDGVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRV
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VSVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKTISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSRDELTKNQV
SLTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNYKTTPPVLDSUGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFS
CSVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK*] (SEQ ID NO: 2)
3954-1204-C225v5 Activatable Antibody Light Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
[Spacer (SEQ ID NO: 5)1[Mask (SEQ ID NO: 6)1[Linker / (SEQ ID
NO: 7)][1204 Substrate (SEQ ID NO: 8)1 [Linker 2 (SEQ ID NO:
9)1[C225 (SEQ ID NO: 10)]
[caaggccagtctggccag][tgcatctcacctcgtggttgtccggacggcccatacgtca
tgtac][ggctcgagcggtggcagcggtggctctggtggatccggt][ctgagcggccgtt
ccgataatcat][ggcagtagcggtacc][cagatcttgctgacccagagcccggtgattc
tgagcgtgagcccgggcgaacgtgtgagctttagctgccgcgcgagccagagcattggcac
caacattcattggtatcagcagcgcaccaacggcagcccgcgcctgctgattaaatatgcg
agcgaaagcattagcggcattccgagccgctttagcggcagcggcagcggcaccgatttta
ccctgagcattaacagcgtggaaagcgaagatattgcggattattattgccagcagaacaa
caactggccgaccacctttggcgcgggcaccaaactggaactgaaacgtacggtggctgca
ccatctgtcttcatcttcccgccatctgatgagcagttgaaatctggaactgcctctgttg
tgtgcctgctgaataacttctatcccagagaggccaaagtacagtggaaggtggataacgc
cctccaatcgggtaactcccaggagagtgtcacagagcaggacagcaaggacagcacctac
agcctcagcagcaccctgacgctgagcaaagcagactacgagaaacacaaagtctacgcct
gcgaagtcacccatcagggcctgagctcgcccgtcacaaagagcttcaacaggggagagtg
ttag] (SEQ ID NO: 3)
Bold: Spacer
Underline: Mask
Italics and Underline: Linker 1
Bold and Underline: 1204 Substrate
Bold, Italics and Underline: Linker 2
Normal text: anti-EGFR antibody
derived sequence
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3954-1204-C225v5 Activatable Antibody Light Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
[Spacer (SEQ ID NO: 11)][Mask (SEQ ID NO: 12)][Linker 1 (SEQ
ID NO: 13)][1204 Substrate (SEQ ID NO: 14)][Linker 2 (SEQ ID
NO: 15)] [C225 (SEQ ID NO: 16)]
[QGQSGQ][CISPRGCPDGPYVMY] [GSSGGSGGSGGSGULSGRSDNHUGSSGTHQIL
LTQSPVILSVSPGERVSFSCRASQSIGTNIHWYQQRTNGSPRLLIKYASESISGIPSRFSG
SGSGTDFTLSINSVESEDIADYYCQQNNNWPTTFGAGTKLELKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSDEQL
KSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLSKADY
EKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC*] (SEQ ID NO: 4)
Bold: Spacer
Underline: Mask
Italics and Underline: Linker 1
Bold and Underline: 1204 Substrate
Bold, Italics and Underline: Linker 2
Normal text: anti-EGFR antibody derived
sequence
1003011 In some embodiments, the spacer sequence for the light chain 3954-
1204-
C225v5 activatable antibody can include an N-terminal variant, such as for
example, a
spacer selected from the group consisting of GQSGQ (SEQ ID NO: 235), QSGQ (SEQ
ID
NO: 236), SGQ (SEQ ID NO: 237), GQ and Q. In these embodiments, all other
elements of
the 3954-1204-C225v5 activatable antibodies, e.g., the heavy chain sequence,
the light
chain sequence, the 3954 mask, linker 1, the 1204 substrate, and linker 2, all
remain the
same as shown above in SEQ ID NO: 4.
[00302] The 3954-NSUB-C225v5 masked anti-EGFR antibody construct includes
the
same heavy chain as the 3954-1204-C225v5 activatable anti-EGFR antibody shown
above.
The 3954-NSUB-C225v5 masked anti-EGFR antibody construct includes the
following
light chain sequence:
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3954-NSUB-C225v5 Masked Antibody Light Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
[Spacer (SEQ ID NO: 5)1[Mask (SEQ ID NO: 6)1[Linker 1-
Noncleavable Substrate-Linker 2 (SEQ ID NO: 19)1[C225 (SEQ ID
NO: 10)]
[caaggccagtctggccag][tgcatctcacctcgtggttgtccggacggcccatacgtca
tgtac][ggctcgagcggtggcagcggtggctctggtggctcaggtggaggctcgggcggt
gggagcggcggttct][cagatcttgctgacccagagcccggtgattctgagcgtgagccc
gggcgaacgtgtgagctttagctgccgcgcgagccagagcattggcaccaacattcattgg
tatcagcagcgcaccaacggcagcccgcgcctgctgattaaatatgcgagcgaaagcatta
gcggcattccgagccgctttagcggcagcggcagcggcaccgattttaccctgagcattaa
cagcgtggaaagcgaagatattgcggattattattgccagcagaacaacaactggccgacc
acctttggcgcgggcaccaaactggaactgaaacgtacggtggctgcaccatctgtcttca
tcttcccgccatctgatgagcagttgaaatctggaactgcctctgttgtgtgcctgctgaa
taacttctatcccagagaggccaaagtacagtggaaggtggataacgccctccaatcgggt
aactcccaggagagtgtcacagagcaggacagcaaggacagcacctacagcctcagcagca
ccctgacgctgagcaaagcagactacgagaaacacaaagtctacgcctgcgaagtcaccca
tcagggcctgagctcgcccgtcacaaagagcttcaacaggggagagtgttag] (SEQ ID
NO: 17)
Bold: Spacer
Underline: Mask
Italics and Underline: Linker 1-Noncleavable
substrate-Linker 2
Normal text: anti-EGFR antibody
derived sequence
3954-NSUB-C225v5 Masked Antibody Light Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
[Spacer (SEQ ID NO: 11)1[Mask (SEQ ID NO: 12)1[Linker 1-
Noncleavable Substrate-Linker 2 (SEQ ID NO: 20)1[C225 (SEQ ID
NO: 16)]
[QGQSGQ][CISPRGCPDGPYVMY][GSSGGSGGSGGSGGGSGGGSGGS][QILLTQSPVI
LSVSPGERVSFSCRASQSIGTNIHWYQQRTNGSPRLLIKYASESISGIPSRFSGSGSGTDF
TLSINSVESEDIADYYCQQNNNWPTTFGAGTKLELKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSDEQLKSGTASV
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VCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLSKADYEKHKVYA
CEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC*] (SEQ ID NO: 18)
Bold: Spacer
Underline: Mask
Italics and Underline: Linker 1-Noncleavable
substrate-Linker 2
Normal text: anti-EGFR antibody derived
sequence
[00303] Reducing agent: The studies provided herein use the reducing agent
TCEP
(tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine).
[00304] Protocol for TCEP partial reduction of Anti-EGFR activatable
antibody and
subsequent conjugation to Maleimide Alexa-680: Bond-Breaker TCEP Solution
(neutral
pH solution, Thermo Scientific) is used at various molar ratios of TCEP to an
activatable
antibody that, in the cleaved state (i.e., activated state), binds Epidermal
Growth Factor
Receptor, and the anti-EGFR activatable antibody is formulated in PBS. For
example, the
ratio of reducing agent, e.g., TCEP, to activatable antibody to be tested can
include a ratio in
a range from about 20:1 to 1:1, from about 10:1 to 1:1, from about 9:1 to 1:1,
from about
8:1 to 1:1, from about 7:1 to 1:1, from about 6:1 to 1:1, from about 5:1 to
1:1, from about
4:1 to 1:1, from about 3:1 to 1:1, from about 2:1 to 1:1, from about 20:1 to
1:1.5, from about
10:1 to 1:1.5, from about 9:1 to 1:1.5, from about 8:1 to 1:1.5, from about
7:1 to 1:1.5, from
about 6:1 to 1:1.5, from about 5:1 to 1:1.5, from about 4:1 to 1:1.5, from
about 3:1 to 1:1.5,
from about 2:1 to 1:1.5, from about 1.5:1 to 1:1.5, or from about 1:1 to
1:1.5. In some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1:1. In some
embodiments, the
ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1.5:1. In some embodiments, the ratio
is in a range of
from about 4:1 to 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from about
4:1 to 1.5:1.
In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from about 8:1 to about 1:1. In
some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 2.5:1 to 1:1. It is to be
understood that
while the examples provided herein use an anti-EGFR activatable antibody
referred to
herein as 3954-1204-C225v5, these methods are applicable to any activatable
antibody
having two or more cysteine residues, where it is desired that only a portion
of the total
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number of cysteine residues in the activatable antibody be reduced prior to
conjugation.
This is referred to herein as "partial reduction."
[00305] Briefly, a TCEP solution at twice the final concentration was
mixed 1:1
(volume:volume) with 3954-1204-C225v5 to result in the final TCEP:(3954-1204-
C225v5)
ratio desired. The final solution was then incubated at 37 C for specified
periods of time for
the reduction reaction to progress. At the end of the reduction reaction, the
solution was
cooled to room temperature and Maleimide Alexa-680 (Invitrogen) was added into
the
solution (Maleimide Alexa-680 was used at half of the reduction volume and at
a
concentration equal to 10X molar concentration of TCEP during the reduction
reaction; for
example, if the original reduction reaction comprised 50 microliters (ul) of
13.2uM 3954-
1204-C225v5 and 50u1 of 52.8uM TCEP, then 50u1264uM Maleimide Alexa-680 would
be
used) to begin the Alexa-680 conjugation. The conjugation reaction proceeded
for 2 hours
at room temperature in a light tight container. After the 2-hour reaction, the
solution was
spun down and buffer exchanged into PBS using a PD-10 column (GE Healthcare)
or
equivalent using manufacturer's instructions. The final conjugated product was
analyzed
using a UV Spectrophotometer to determine final protein concentration and the
degree of
labeling of the Alexa-680 dye.
[00306] Protocol for the analysis of Maleimide Alexa-680 conjugated Anti-
EGFR
activatable antibody using LabChip GXII: A HT Protein Express LabChip (Perkin
Elmer)
was prepared according to manufacturer's instructions using either the Pico
Protein Express
protocol or the HT Protein Express protocol: the Pico Protein Express protocol
was used to
analyze the Alexa-680 conjugated portion of the TCEP reduced 3954-1204-C225v5;
the HT
Protein Express protocol was used to analyze the total protein in the TCEP
reduced, Alexa-
680 conjugated 3954-1204-C225v5. TCEP reduced, Alexa-680 conjugated 3954-1204-
C225v5 was prepared for the GXII analysis using Perkin Elmer's instructions.
The sample
was analyzed using the 200 series of the LabChip GXII analysis protocol (High
sensitivity
for the HT protocol and Pico for the Pico protocol). Resulting data was
analyzed using the
LabChip GXII software.
[00307] Protocol for EGFR binding ELISA: NUNC Maxisorp flatbottom 96 well
plates were coated with 5Oul/well, 2ug/m1 human EGFR-Fc fusion protein (R&D
Systems)
in Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS, Teknova) for 2 hours at room
temperature. At the
end of the 2 hour coating, the liquid contents of the plate were evacuated and
250u1/well of
HBSS containing 1% BSA was introduced and allowed to block the plate for 30
minutes at
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room temperature. At the end of the blocking period, liquid contents of the 96-
well plate
were removed and serially diluted samples (i.e., 3954-1204-C225v5, Alexa-680
conjugated
3954-1204-C225v5, uPA-activated 3954-1204-C225v5, uPA-activated Alexa-680
conjugated 3954-1204-C225v5, and C225 (a cetuximab antibody), starting at a
concentration of 10Oug/m1 and diluted by a factor of 3 per dilution step) were
introduced at
5Oul/well. The plate was incubated at room temperature for 1 hour. At the end
of the hour,
the plate was washed with HBSS containing 0.05% Tween-20 using a BioTek ELx450

Select CW plate washer (300u1/well wash volume, 6 cycles of aspiration and
wash).
Washed plates were tapped dry and 5Oul/well of 400ng/m1 Horse Radish
Peroxidase
conjugated Goat anti-Human IgG Fab'2 specific antibody (Jackson
ImmunoResearch) were
introduced and incubated for 30 minutes at room temperature. The plates were
washed as
previously stated and 100u1/well of 1-Step TMB Substrate (Thermo Scientific)
was
introduced. Color change was observed and the reaction was stopped by the
addition of
100u1/well of 1M HC1 (Fisher Scientific). The reacted plate was analyzed using
a BioTek
EL800 plate reader at O.D. 450. Data were computed using Excel (Microsoft) and
the result
was plotted using Prism 6 (GraphPad).
Example 2. TCEP-Mediated Reduction of Activatable Antibodies
[00308] The compositions and methods provided herein determine the
combination of
reagents and reaction conditions that produce the desired partial reduction
followed by
conjugation. When reduction and subsequent conjugation is not controlled
properly,
activatable antibodies will be completely reduced, and the masking efficiency
of the
activatable antibody is compromised. For example, when the reducing agent is
used at a
ratio of 20:1 (reducing agent to activatable antibody), the activatable
antibody was
completely reduced into free heavy chain and free light chain. Attempts to
produce a milder
reduction (i.e., less than complete reduction), for example, by immobilizing a
reducing
agent, were too mild and did not sufficiently reduce the activatable antibody
to allow for
subsequent conjugation. In these studies, bands corresponding to predominantly
intact IgG
(high molecular weight band > 150 kDa) were observed in all reduction
conditions.
[00309] Studies were conducted to determine the range of reducing agent to
activatable antibody. At lower ratios, for example, in the range of 0.5:1 to
2:1 (reducing
agent to activatable antibody), some reduction was achieved, and the
activatable antibody
integrity and masking efficiency were retained. At ratios of 1.5:1 to 5:1
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activatable antibody), reduction time from 30 minutes to 2 hours, there was an
increasing
amount of reduced activatable antibody species corresponding to the molecular
weight of
one heavy chain and one light chain activatable antibody. The partially
reduced activatable
antibody maintained the EGFR binding characteristics of the original non-
reduced and
masked activatable antibody demonstrating that the activatable antibody
partially reduced
under these conditions was capable of maintaining the original masking
efficiency. At the
identified ratio of reducing agent to activatable antibody and reduction time,
an inter-chain
disulfide-reduced activatable antibody can be produced to allow for subsequent
maximum
conjugation through free cysteines while maintaining the masking efficiency of
the original,
non-reduced activatable antibody.
[00310] At a reduction time of 2 hours, a ratio of reducing agent to
activatable
antibody ratio above 5:1 was too reductive to maintain the original masking
efficiency of
the tested activatable antibodies. The varied shift in masking efficiency loss
and the varied
amounts of partially reduced activatable antibody subspecies showed that the
tested
activatable antibodies have different tolerance to reducing agent-mediated
reduction, for
example, TCEP-mediated reduction. The varied combination of antibody, linkers,
cleavable
moiety (CM) and masking moiety (MM) results in a spectrum in the tolerance of
the
activatable antibody for reducing agent-mediated reduction, for example, TCEP-
mediated
reduction.
[00311] In one set of studies described herein, an activatable anti-EGFR
antibody
referred to as 3954-1204-C225v5 was reduced at various ratios of TCEP to
activatable
antibody (e.g., from about 1.5:1 to about 4:1) using a 90-minute reduction
time. In some
instances, reduction was followed by conjugation to a fluorescent dye, Alexa
680. The
results of these studies (at TCEP to activatable antibody ratios of 1.5:1,
2:1, and 4:1) are
shown in Figure 1.
[00312] In another set of studies described herein, an anti-EGFR antibody
construct
that includes an antigen-binding portion that specifically binds EGFR, a
masking moiety,
and a non-cleavable linker (referred to as 3954-NSUB-C225v5) was reduced at
various
ratios of TCEP to activatable antibody (e.g., from about 1.5:1 to about 4:1)
using a 90-
minute reduction time. In some instances, reduction was followed by
conjugation to Alexa
680. The results of these studies (at TCEP to activatable antibody ratios of
1.5:1, 2:1, and
4:1) are shown in Figure 2.
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[00313] Using thiol conjugatable Alexa 680 as a surrogate for thiol
conjugatable
toxin, these studies demonstrate varying degrees of Alexa 680 conjugation
dependent on
both TCEP to activatable antibody ratio and time of reduction. The conjugation
of thiol
conjugatable Alexa 680 to TCEP-partially reduced 3954-1204-C225v5 or 3954-NSUB-

C225v5 does not significantly change the titration profile of 3954-1204-C225v5
or 3954-
NSUB-C225v5 to EGFR. Thus, partial reduction and subsequent thiol conjugation
of Alexa
680 can be done in such a way as to maintain the masking efficiency of
activatable
antibodies. Figures 3 through 6 demonstrate that partial reduction and
subsequent thiol
conjugation of Alexa 680 Fluor can be done in such a way as to also maintain
activation
of 3954-1204-C225v5 by uPA and not to lead to activation of 3954-NSUB-C225v5.
[00314] Further studies indicated that a degree of labeling (molar ratio
of Alexa 680
Fluor vs. activatable antibody) of 3.8 was achieved for 3954-1204-C225v5 and
a degree
of labeling of 3.5 was achieved for 3954-NSUB-C225v5.
Example 3. Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Conjugated Activatable Antibodies
[00315] Molecular weight determination by MALDI Mass Spectrometry (MALDI
MS): In MALDI MS, the dissolved sample is deposited on a metal target and the
peptides
and proteins are co-crystallized with a light-absorbing matrix. A laser beam
is directed at
the dry matrix sample, the sample molecules are desorbed and ionized and the
masses are
measured in a time-of-flight (TOF) mass analyzer. Proteins are observed in the
mass
spectrum (mass-over-charge spectrum m/z) as singly (m/z MH+) as well as
multiple
charged ions.
[00316] In the present analysis, the partially reduced and conjugated
activatable
antibodies (intact and DTT-reduced) were purified using C4 ziptips from
Millipore. Each
purified sample was mixed with 2,5-dihydroxyacetophonone/diammonium hydrogen
citrate
(DHAP/DAHC) matrix and spotted onto a Big Anchor target from Bruker. Mass
spectra
were obtained on an Autoflex Speed MALDI TOF/TOF mass spectrometer in linear
mode
using Compas 1.4 control and processing software. The mass spectra were
calibrated by
external quadratic calibration using Bruker Protein Calibration Standard 1 or
2. The sample
mass was calculated from the least charged ion within the calibrated range of
the mass
spectrum.
[00317] Each Alexa-680 molecule added approximately 1000 dalton (-1 kDa)
of
mass to the activatable antibody. A comparison of the molecular weight of the
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3954-1204-C225v5 to the conjugated 3954-1204-C225v5 enables estimation of the
number
of Alexa-680 molecules that has been conjugated upon 3954-1204-C225v5.
[00318] The MALDI-MW data indicated that up to four 1-kDa molecules were
attached to the activatable anti-EGFR antibody 3954-1204-C225v5. From the
reduced
samples, it was determined that this modification was most likely
heterogeneous, as the
light chain was observed with 0 and 1 modification(s) and the heavy chain was
observed
with 0, 1 or 2 modifications.
[00319] It was determined from the MALDI-MS data on digested samples that
all
peptides containing cysteine residues were still observed in the conjugated
sample (Cyt04-
680 high). The MALDI-MW data also confirmed that the antibody was not fully
labeled by
Alexa-680 .
Example 4. Materials and Methods
[00320] The examples provided herein use an anti-Jagged activatable
antibody
referred to herein as activatable antibody 5342-1204-4D11 (also referred to
herein as 5342-
1204-4D11 activatable antibody or 5342-1204-4D11) that includes a Jagged-
binding
sequence, a masking moiety (MM), and a cleavable moiety (CM) that is a
substrate for a
protease. It is to be understood that while the examples provided herein use
these anti-
Jagged activatable antibody constructs, these methods are applicable to any
activatable
antibody having two or more cysteine residues, where it is desired that only a
portion of the
total number of cysteine residues in the activatable antibody be reduced prior
to
conjugation. This is referred to herein as "partial reduction."
[00321] It should be further understood that the examples provided herein
use a
fluorescent agent, Alexa-680 Fluor (also referred to herein as Alexa 680 ),
as the agent
that is to be conjugated to an activatable antibody. This particular dye was
chosen because it
has a molecular weight that is similar to a known cytotoxic agent, MMAE.
However, this
fluorescent agent is merely used as an example, and the compositions and
methods used
herein are useful with any number of conjugated agents, including by way of
non-limiting
example, toxins and other payload agents. The compositions and methods are not
limited to
agents of any particular molecular weight, size or other such characteristic.
[00322] Anti-Jagged activatable antibody constructs: The 5342-1204-4D11
activatable anti-Jagged antibody construct includes the following heavy and
light chain
sequences:
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5342-1204-4D11 Activatable Antibody Heavy Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
GAGGTGCAGCTGTTGGAGTCTGGGGGAGGCTTGGTACAGCCTGGGGGGTCCCT
GAGACTCTCCTGTGCAGCCTCTGGATTCACCTTTAGCAGCTATGCCATGAGCTG
GGTCCGCCAGGCTCCAGGGAAGGGGCTGGAGTGGGTGTCAAGTATTGACCCGG
AAGGTCGGCAGACATATTACGCAGACTCCGTGAAGGGCCGGTTCACCATCTCCA
GAGACAATTCCAAGAACACGCTGTATCTGCAAATGAACAGCCTGAGAGCCGAG
GACACGGCCGTATATTACTGTGCGAAAGACATCGGCGGCAGGTCGGCCTTTGAC
TACTGGGGCCAGGGAACCCTGGTCACCGTCTCCTCAGCTAGCACCAAGGGCCCA
TCGGTCTTCCCCCTGGCACCCTCCTCCAAGAGCACCTCTGGGGGCACAGCGGCC
CTGGGCTGCCTGGTCAAGGACTACTTCCCCGAACCGGTGACGGTGTCGTGGAAC
TCAGGCGCCCTGACCAGCGGCGTGCACACCTTCCCGGCTGTCCTACAGTCCTCA
GGACTCTACTCCCTCAGCAGCGTGGTGACCGTGCCCTCCAGCAGCTTGGGCACC
CAGACCTACATCTGCAACGTGAATCACAAGCCCAGCAACACCAAGGTGGACAA
GAAAGTTGAGCCCAAATCTTGTGACAAAACTCACACATGCCCACCGTGCCCAGC
ACCTGAACTCCTGGGGGGACCGTCAGTCTTCCTCTTCCCCCCAAAACCCAAGGA
CACCCTCATGATCTCCCGGACCCCTGAGGTCACATGCGTGGTGGTGGACGTGAG
CCACGAAGACCCTGAGGTCAAGTTCAACTGGTACGTGGACGGCGTGGAGGTGC
ATAATGCCAAGACAAAGCCGCGGGAGGAGCAGTACAACAGCACGTACCGTGTG
GTCAGCGTCCTCACCGTCCTGCACCAGGACTGGCTGAATGGCAAGGAGTACAA
GTGCAAGGTCTCCAACAAAGCCCTCCCAGCCCCCATCGAGAAAACCATCTCCAA
AGCCAAAGGGCAGCCCCGAGAACCACAGGTGTACACCCTGCCCCCATCCCGGG
AGGAGATGACCAAGAACCAGGTCAGCCTGACCTGCCTGGTCAAAGGCTTCTAT
CCCAGCGACATCGCCGTGGAGTGGGAGAGCAATGGGCAGCCGGAGAACAACTA
CAAGACCACGCCTCCCGTGCTGGACTCCGACGGCTCCTTCTTCCTCTACAGCAA
GCTCACCGTGGACAAGAGCAGGTGGCAGCAGGGGAACGTCTTCTCATGCTCCG
TGATGCATGAGGCTCTGCACAACCACTACACGCAGAAGAGCCTCTCCCTGTCTC
CGGGTAAA (SEQ ID NO: 231)
5342-1204-4D11 Activatable Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTF SSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDPEGR
QTYYADSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQ
GTLVTVS SA STKGP SVFPLAP S SKST SGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTV SWN SGALT SG
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VHTFPAVLQSSGLYSLS SVVTVP S S SLGT QTYICNVNHKP SNTKVDKKVEP KS CDKT
HT CP P CPAPELLGGP SVFLFP PKPKDTLMIS RTP EVT CVVVDV SHEDPEVKFNWYVD
GVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRVVSVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKT
ISKAKGQPREP QVYTLPP SREEMTKNQV S LT CLVKGFYP SD IAVEWE SNGQPENNY
KTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSCSVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK
(SEQ ID NO: 245)
5342-1204-4D11 Activatable Antibody Light Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
CAAGGCCAGTCTGGCCAGTGCAATATTTGGCTCGTAGGTGGTGATTGCAGGGGC
TGGCAGGGGGGCTCGAGCGGTGGCAGCGGTGGCTCTGGTGGTCTGAGCGGCCG
TTCCGATAATCATGGCGGCGGTTCTGACATCCAGATGACCCAGTCTCCATCCTC
CCTGTCTGCATCTGTAGGAGACAGAGTCACCATCACTTGCCGGGCAAGTCAGAG
CATTAGCAGCTATTTAAATTGGTATCAGCAGAAACCAGGGAAAGCCCCTAAGCT
CCTGATCTATGCGGCATCCAGTTTGCAAAGTGGGGTCCCATCAAGGTTCAGTGG
CAGTGGATCTGGGACAGATTTCACTCTCACCATCAGCAGTCTGCAACCTGAAGA
TTTTGCAACTTACTACTGTCAACAGACGGTTGTGGCGCCTCCGTTATTCGGCCAA
GGGACCAAGGTGGAAATCAAACGTACGGTGGCTGCACCATCTGTCTTCATCTTC
CCGCCATCTGATGAGCAGTTGAAATCTGGAACTGCCTCTGTTGTGTGCCTGCTG
AATAACTTCTATCCCAGAGAGGCCAAAGTACAGTGGAAGGTGGATAACGCCCT
CCAATCGGGTAACTCCCAGGAGAGTGTCACAGAGCAGGACAGCAAGGACAGCA
CCTACAGCCTCAGCAGCACCCTGACGCTGAGCAAAGCAGACTACGAGAAACAC
AAAGTCTACGCCTGCGAAGTCACCCATCAGGGCCTGAGCTCGCCCGTCACAAA
GAGCTTCAACAGGGGAGAGTGT (SEQ ID NO: 233)
5342-1204-4D11 Activatable Antibody Light Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
QGQ SGQCNIWLVGGDCRGWQGGS SGGSGGSGGLSGRSDNHGGGSDIQMTQ SP SSL
SASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSGVPSRFSGSGSG
TDFTLTISSLQPEDFATYYCQQTVVAPPLFGQGTKVEIKRTVAAPSVFIFPPSDEQLK
SGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDSTYSLSSTLTLS
KADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC (SEQ ID NO: 234)
[00323] In some embodiments, the spacer sequence for the light chain 5342-
1204-
4D11 activatable antibody can include an N-terminal variant, such as for
example, a spacer
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selected from the group consisting of GQSGQ (SEQ ID NO: 235), QSGQ (SEQ ID NO:

236), SGQ (SEQ ID NO: 237), GQ and Q. In these embodiments, all other elements
of the
5342-1204-4D11 activatable antibodies, e.g., the heavy chain sequence, the
light chain
sequence, the 5342 mask, linker 1, the 1204 substrate, and linker 2, all
remain the same as
shown above in SEQ ID NO: 234.
[00324] Reducing agent: The studies provided herein use the reducing agent
TCEP
(tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine).
[00325] Protocol for TCEP partial reduction of Anti-Jagged activatable
antibody
and subsequent conjugation to Maleimide Alexa-680: Bond-Breaker TCEP Solution

(neutral pH solution, Thermo Scientific) is used at various molar ratios of
TCEP to an
activatable antibody that, in the cleaved state (Le., activated state), binds
Epidermal Growth
Factor Receptor, and the anti-Jagged activatable antibody is formulated in
PBS. For
example, the ratio of reducing agent, e.g., TCEP, to activatable antibody to
be tested can
include a ratio in a range from about 20:1 to 1:1, from about 10:1 to 1:1,
from about 9:1 to
1:1, from about 8:1 to 1:1, from about 7:1 to 1:1, from about 6:1 to 1:1, from
about 5:1 to
1:1, from about 4:1 to 1:1, from about 3:1 to 1:1, from about 2:1 to 1:1, from
about 20:1 to
1:1.5, from about 10:1 to 1:1.5, from about 9:1 to 1:1.5, from about 8:1 to
1:1.5, from about
7:1 to 1:1.5, from about 6:1 to 1:1.5, from about 5:1 to 1:1.5, from about 4:1
to 1:1.5, from
about 3:1 to 1:1.5, from about 2:1 to 1:1.5, from about 1.5:1 to 1:1.5, or
from about 1:1 to
1:1.5. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1:1.
In some
embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 5:1 to 1.5:1. In some
embodiments, the
ratio is in a range of from about 4:1 to 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio
is in a range
from about 4:1 to 1.5:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range from
about 8:1 to
about 1:1. In some embodiments, the ratio is in a range of from about 2.5:1 to
1:1. It is to be
understood that while the examples provided herein use an anti-Jagged
activatable antibody
referred to herein as 5342-1204-4D11, these methods are applicable to any
activatable
antibody having two or more cysteine residues, where it is desired that only a
portion of the
total number of cysteine residues in the activatable antibody be reduced prior
to
conjugation. This is referred to herein as "partial reduction."
[00326] Briefly, a TCEP solution at twice the final concentration was
mixed 1:1
(volume:volume) with 5342-1204-4D11 to result in the final TCEP:(5342-1204-
4D11) ratio
desired. The final solution was then incubated at 37 C for specified periods
of time for the
reduction reaction to progress. At the end of the reduction reaction, the
solution was cooled
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to room temperature and Maleimide Alexa-680 (Invitrogen) was added into the
solution
(Maleimide Alexa-680 was used at half of the reduction volume and at a
concentration
equal to 10X molar concentration of TCEP during the reduction reaction; for
example, if the
original reduction reaction comprised 50 microliters (ul) of 13.2 uM 5342-1204-
4D11 and
50 ul of 52.8 uM TCEP, then 50 ul 264 uM Maleimide Alexa-680 would be used) to
begin
the Alexa-680 conjugation. The conjugation reaction proceeded for 2 hours at
room
temperature in a light tight container. After the 2-hour reaction, the
solution was spun down
and buffer exchanged into PBS using a PD-10 column (GE Healthcare) or
equivalent using
manufacturer's instructions. The final conjugated product was analyzed using a
UV
Spectrophotometer to determine final protein concentration and the degree of
labeling of the
Alexa-680 dye.
[00327] Protocol for the analysis of Maleimide Alexa-680 conjugated Anti-
Jagged
activatable antibody using LabChip GXII: A HT Protein Express LabChip (Perkin
Elmer)
was prepared according to manufacturer's instructions using either the Pico
Protein Express
protocol or the HT Protein Express protocol: the Pico Protein Express protocol
was used to
analyze the Alexa-680 conjugated portion of the TCEP reduced 5342-1204-4D11;
the HT
Protein Express protocol was used to analyze the total protein in the TCEP
reduced, Alexa-
680 conjugated 5342-1204-4D11. TCEP reduced, Alexa-680 conjugated 5342-1204-
4D11
was prepared for the GXII analysis using Perkin Elmer's instructions. The
sample was
analyzed using the 200 series of the LabChip GXII analysis protocol (High
sensitivity for
the HT protocol and Pico for the Pico protocol). Resulting data was analyzed
using the
LabChip GXII software.
[00328] Protocol for Jagged binding ELISA: NUNC Maxisorp flatbottom 96
well
plates were coated with 50 ul/well, 2 ug/ml human Jagged-Fc fusion protein
(R&D
Systems) in Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS, Teknova) for 2 hours at room
temperature. At the end of the 2 hour coating, the liquid contents of the
plate were
evacuated and 250 ul/well of HBSS containing 1% BSA was introduced and allowed
to
block the plate for 30 minutes at room temperature. At the end of the blocking
period, liquid
contents of the 96-well plate were removed and serially diluted samples (i.e.,
5342-1204-
4D11, Alexa-680 conjugated 5342-1204-4D11, uPA-activated 5342-1204-4D11, uPA-
activated Alexa-680 conjugated 5342-1204-4D11, and 4D11 (an anti-Jagged
antibody),
starting at a concentration of 100 ug/ml and diluted by a factor of 3 per
dilution step) were
introduced at 50 ul/well. The plate was incubated at room temperature for 1
hour. At the end
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of the hour, the plate was washed with HBSS containing 0.05% Tween-20 using a
BioTek
ELx450 Select CW plate washer (300 ul/well wash volume, 6 cycles of aspiration
and
wash). Washed plates were tapped dry and 50 ul/well of 400 ng/ml Horse Radish
Peroxidase conjugated Goat anti-Human IgG Fab'2 specific antibody (Jackson
ImmunoResearch) were introduced and incubated for 30 minutes at room
temperature. The
plates were washed as previously stated and 100 ul/well of 1-Step TMB
Substrate (Thermo
Scientific) was introduced. Color change was observed and the reaction was
stopped by the
addition of 100 ul/well of 1 M HC1 (Fisher Scientific). The reacted plate was
analyzed using
a BioTek EL800 plate reader at O.D. 450. Data were computed using Excel
(Microsoft) and
the result was plotted using Prism 6 (GraphPad).
Example 5. TCEP-Mediated Reduction of Activatable Antibodies
[00329] The compositions and methods provided herein determine the
combination
of reagents and reaction conditions that produce the desired partial reduction
followed by
conjugation. When reduction and subsequent conjugation is not controlled
properly,
activatable antibodies will be completely reduced, and the masking efficiency
of the
activatable antibody is compromised.
[00330] Studies were conducted to determine the range of reducing agent to
activatable antibody. At lower ratios, for example, in the range of 0.5:1 to
2:1 (reducing
agent to activatable antibody), some reduction was achieved, and the
activatable antibody
integrity and masking efficiency were retained. At ratios of 1.5:1 to 5:1
(reducing agent to
activatable antibody), reduction time from 30 minutes to 2 hours, there was an
increasing
amount of reduced activatable antibody species corresponding to the molecular
weight of
one heavy chain and one light chain activatable antibody. The partially
reduced activatable
antibody maintained the Jagged binding characteristics of the original non-
reduced and
masked activatable antibody demonstrating that the activatable antibody
partially reduced
under these conditions was capable of maintaining the original masking
efficiency. At the
identified ratio of reducing agent to activatable antibody and reduction time,
an inter-chain
disulfide-reduced activatable antibody can be produced to allow for subsequent
maximum
conjugation through free cysteines while maintaining the masking efficiency of
the original,
non-reduced activatable antibody.
[00331] In one set of studies described herein, an activatable anti-Jagged
antibody
referred to as 5342-1204-4D11 was reduced at a ratio of TCEP to activatable
antibody
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equaling 4;1 using a 120-minute reduction time. In some instances, reduction
was followed
by conjugation to a fluorescent dye, Alexa 680. The results of these studies
(at TCEP to
activatable antibody ratios of 4:1) are shown in Figure 7.
[00332] Using thiol conjugatable Alexa 680 as a surrogate for thiol
conjugatable
toxin, these studies demonstrate varying degrees of Alexa 680 conjugation
dependent on
both TCEP to activatable antibody ratio and time of reduction. The conjugation
of thiol
conjugatable Alexa 680 to TCEP-partially reduced 5342-1204-4D11 does not
significantly
change the titration profile of 5342-1204-4D11 to Jagged. Thus, partial
reduction and
subsequent thiol conjugation of Alexa 680 can be done in such a way as to
maintain the
masking efficiency of activatable antibodies. Figure 8 demonstrates that
partial reduction
and subsequent thiol conjugation of Alexa 680 Fluor can be done in such a way
as to also
maintain activation of 5342-1204-4D11 by uPA.
Example 6. Materials and Methods
[00333] Antibodies and activatable antibodies: The examples provided
herein use an
anti-Jagged activatable antibody, referred to herein as activatable antibody
5342-1204-
4D11, which is described herein. It is to be understood that while the
examples provided
herein use these anti-Jagged activatable antibody constructs, these methods
are applicable to
any activatable antibody having two or more cysteine residues, where it is
desired that only
a portion of the total number of cysteine residues in the activatable antibody
be reduced
prior to conjugation. This is referred to herein as "partial reduction."
[00334] The examples provided herein also use an anti-Jagged antibody,
referred to
herein as anti-Jagged antibody 4D11 (also referred to as antibody 4D11 and
4D11
antibody). The antibody 4D11 includes the following heavy and light chain
sequences:
4D11 Antibody Heavy Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
GAGGTGCAGCTGTTGGAGTCTGGGGGAGGCTTGGTACAGCCTGGGGGGTCCCT
GAGACTCTCCTGTGCAGCCTCTGGATTCACCTTTAGCAGCTATGCCATGAGCTG
GGTCCGCCAGGCTCCAGGGAAGGGGCTGGAGTGGGTGTCAAGTATTGACCCGG
AAGGTCGGCAGACATATTACGCAGACTCCGTGAAGGGCCGGTTCACCATCTCCA
GAGACAATTCCAAGAACACGCTGTATCTGCAAATGAACAGCCTGAGAGCCGAG
GACACGGCCGTATATTACTGTGCGAAAGACATCGGCGGCAGGTCGGCCTTTGAC
TACTGGGGCCAGGGAACCCTGGTCACCGTCTCCTCAGCTAGCACCAAGGGCCCA
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TCGGTCTTCCCCCTGGCACCCTCCTCCAAGAGCACCTCTGGGGGCACAGCGGCC
CTGGGCTGCCTGGTCAAGGACTACTTCCCCGAACCGGTGACGGTGTCGTGGAAC
TCAGGCGCCCTGACCAGCGGCGTGCACACCTTCCCGGCTGTCCTACAGTCCTCA
GGACTCTACTCCCTCAGCAGCGTGGTGACCGTGCCCTCCAGCAGCTTGGGCACC
CAGACCTACATCTGCAACGTGAATCACAAGCCCAGCAACACCAAGGTGGACAA
GAAAGTTGAGCCCAAATCTTGTGACAAAACTCACACATGCCCACCGTGCCCAGC
ACCTGAACTCCTGGGGGGACCGTCAGTCTTCCTCTTCCCCCCAAAACCCAAGGA
CACCCTCATGATCTCCCGGACCCCTGAGGTCACATGCGTGGTGGTGGACGTGAG
CCACGAAGACCCTGAGGTCAAGTTCAACTGGTACGTGGACGGCGTGGAGGTGC
ATAATGCCAAGACAAAGCCGCGGGAGGAGCAGTACAACAGCACGTACCGTGTG
GTCAGCGTCCTCACCGTCCTGCACCAGGACTGGCTGAATGGCAAGGAGTACAA
GTGCAAGGTCTCCAACAAAGCCCTCCCAGCCCCCATCGAGAAAACCATCTCCAA
AGCCAAAGGGCAGCCCCGAGAACCACAGGTGTACACCCTGCCCCCATCCCGGG
AGGAGATGACCAAGAACCAGGTCAGCCTGACCTGCCTGGTCAAAGGCTTCTAT
CCCAGCGACATCGCCGTGGAGTGGGAGAGCAATGGGCAGCCGGAGAACAACTA
CAAGACCACGCCTCCCGTGCTGGACTCCGACGGCTCCTTCTTCCTCTACAGCAA
GCTCACCGTGGACAAGAGCAGGTGGCAGCAGGGGAACGTCTTCTCATGCTCCG
TGATGCATGAGGCTCTGCACAACCACTACACGCAGAAGAGCCTCTCCCTGTCTC
CGGGTAAA (SEQ ID NO: 231)
4D11 Antibody Heavy Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
EVQLLESGGGLVQPGGSLRLSCAASGFTF SSYAMSWVRQAPGKGLEWVSSIDPEGR
QTYYADSVKGRFTISRDNSKNTLYLQMNSLRAEDTAVYYCAKDIGGRSAFDYWGQ
GTLVTVS SA STKGP SVFPLAP S SKST SGGTAALGCLVKDYFPEPVTV SWN SGALT SG
VHTFPAVLQSSGLYSLS SVVTVP S S SLGT QTYICNVNHKP SNTKVDKKVEP KS CDKT
HT CP P CPAPELLGGP SVFLFP PKPKDTLMISRTP EVT CVVVDV SHEDPEVKFNWYVD
GVEVHNAKTKPREEQYNSTYRVVSVLTVLHQDWLNGKEYKCKVSNKALPAPIEKT
ISKAKGQPREPQVYTLPPSREEMTKNQVSLTCLVKGFYPSDIAVEWESNGQPENNY
KTTPPVLDSDGSFFLYSKLTVDKSRWQQGNVFSCSVMHEALHNHYTQKSLSLSPGK
(SEQ ID NO: 245)
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4D11 Antibody Light Chain Nucleotide Sequence:
GACATCCAGATGACCCAGTCTCCATCCTCCCTGTCTGCATCTGTAGGAGACAGA
GTCACCATCACTTGCCGGGCAAGTCAGAGCATTAGCAGCTATTTAAATTGGTAT
CAGCAGAAACCAGGGAAAGCCCCTAAGCTCCTGATCTATGCGGCATCCAGTTTG
CAAAGTGGGGTCCCATCAAGGTTCAGTGGCAGTGGATCTGGGACAGATTTCACT
CTCACCATCAGCAGTCTGCAACCTGAAGATTTTGCAACTTACTACTGTCAACAG
ACGGTTGTGGCGCCTCCGTTATTCGGCCAAGGGACCAAGGTGGAAATCAAACG
TACGGTGGCTGCACCATCTGTCTTCATCTTCCCGCCATCTGATGAGCAGTTGAA
ATCTGGAACTGCCTCTGTTGTGTGCCTGCTGAATAACTTCTATCCCAGAGAGGC
CAAAGTACAGTGGAAGGTGGATAACGCCCTCCAATCGGGTAACTCCCAGGAGA
GTGTCACAGAGCAGGACAGCAAGGACAGCACCTACAGCCTCAGCAGCACCCTG
ACGCTGAGCAAAGCAGACTACGAGAAACACAAAGTCTACGCCTGCGAAGTCAC
CCATCAGGGCCTGAGCTCGCCCGTCACAAAGAGCTTCAACAGGGGAGAGTGT
(nucleotides 133-774 of SEQ ID NO: 233)
4D11 Antibody Light Chain Amino Acid Sequence:
DIQMTQSPSSLSASVGDRVTITCRASQSISSYLNWYQQKPGKAPKLLIYAASSLQSG
VPSRFSGSGSGTDFTLT1SSLQPEDFATYYCQQTVVAPPLFGQGTKVEIKRTVAAPSV
FIFPPSDEQLKSGTASVVCLLNNFYPREAKVQWKVDNALQSGNSQESVTEQDSKDS
TYSLSSTLTLSKADYEKHKVYACEVTHQGLSSPVTKSFNRGEC (SEQ ID NO: 244)
[00335] Additional antibodies used herein include Synagis (palivizumab)
and
rituximab, both of which were purchased from Drug Products Service Labs (UCSF)
and
used as human IgG1 isotype controls.
[00336] SDS gel: Five to ten micrograms (ug) of sample were diluted in 7.5
microliters (up of water, final volume. 2.5 ul of 4x sample loading buffer
(lnvitrogen) with
or without 1 ul of 10x reducing agent (Invitrogen) were added and the samples
heated at
¨90 C for ¨10 min in a heating block. Samples were loaded onto a 10% Bis-Tris
(Novex)
gel and run in MOPS ',Lifter at 200 mV for ¨40 minutes. Gels were stained in
Instant Blue
(Expedion) for ¨1 hr followed by de-staining in multiple washes of water. Gel
images were
captured on the Imagequant.
[00337] Cell line: BxPC3 cells (ATCC CRL 1687) were maintained in CM (RPM
1640 supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (FBS). Prior to
FACS
binding cell dissociation buffer (Sigma 14C5914) was used to dissociate the
adherent cells.
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[00338] Protocol for PACS cell binding: The binding of antibodies,
activatable
antibodies, or their immunoconjugate derivatives on BxPC3 cells was evaluated
by an
indirect immunofluorescence assay. Dissociated cells (50,000-100,000 per well)
were
pelleted in a 96-well v-bottom plate and incubated at 4 C for 45 minutes with
serial
dilutions of test article in 50 to 100 ul of FACS buffer (FB; HBSS
supplemented with 2%
FBS). Control wells included human IgG1 isotype control (Synagis or rituximab)
and no
IgG containing wells. Cells were washed twice in cold FB and stained with
Alexa 647
conjugated goat anti- human IgG (AF-647 conjugated affinity pure F(ab')2
fragment goat
anti human IgG Fc gamma (y) fragment specific, Jackson labs, #1909-606-170)
for 30
minutes at 4 C. Cells were washed as before, fixed in 1% paraformaldehyde / FB
and
analyzed using a FACSAria flow cytometer (BD Biosciences). FCS files were
analyzed in
FCS Express (DeNovo) and mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) against dose
titration plotted
in GraphPad PRISM.
[00339] Protocol for in vitro cytotoxicity assay: Cells (4,000 per well)
were plated in
white walled 96-well plates in 50 ul CM. Cells were treated with an equal
volume of serial
dilutions of test article for 3 to 5 days. An equal volume (100 ul) of Cell
Titer Glo reagent
(Promega) was added to each well, according to manufacturer's instructions,
and relative
luminescence units (RLU) was measured on the Tecan Infinite M200 Pro. RLU
against dose
titration was plotted and curve fitting generated in GraphPad PRISM.
Example 7. Production of Activatable Antibody Conjugates by TCEP-mediated
Partial Reduction and Conjugation
[00340] This example describes the use of partial reduction and
conjugation methods
of the invention to produce antibody conjugates and activatable antibody
conjugates of the
invention. It is to be understood that while the examples provided herein use
anti-Jagged
activatable antibody constructs, these methods are applicable to any
activatable antibody
having two or more cysteine residues, where it is desired that only a portion
of the total
number of cysteine residues in the activatable antibody be reduced prior to
conjugation.
This is referred to herein as "partial reduction." In addition, these methods
are applicable to
any cleavable or non-cleavable linker and agent combination.
[00341] This example presents conjugates that display a maleimide PEG-
valine-
citrulline-para-aminobenzyloxycarbonyl-monomethyl auristatin D linker payload,
referred
to herein as "vc-MMAD," or a maleimide PEG-valine-citrulline-para-
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aminobenzyloxycarbonyl-monomethyl auristatin E linker payload, referred to
herein as "vc-
MMAE."
[00342] Conjugates of anti-Jagged activatable antibody 5342-1204-4D11
comprising
the maleimide caproyl-valine- citruline monomethyl auristatin D linker payload
(vc-
MMAD) or the maleimide caproyl-valine- citruline monomethyl auristatin E
linker payload
(vc-MMAE), referred to herein as activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-
vc-
MMAD and activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE, respectively,
were
prepared as follows.
[00343] The vc-MMAD and vc-MMAE reagents were prepared at Bayside
Chemicals (Burlingame, CA). N,N, Dimethylacetamide (DMA), tris(2-
carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP; cat #646547), and 1N NaOH were purchased from
Sigma.
Prior to performing a conjugation, the following stock solutions were
prepared: 5.0 mg/mL
antibody or activatable antibody in PBS (total phosphate = 4.25 mM), 5.0 mg/mL
vc-
MMAD or vc-MMAE in DMA, 1.0 mM TCEP in water, and 10 mM NaOH in water. TCEP
was used at a range from 1:1 to 8:1 ratio, typically at a 2.5:1 equimolar
ratio, of TCEP to
antibody or activatable antibody.
[00344] A typical partial reduction and conjugation was performed as
follows,
wherein equivalents (eq) are reported relative to the antibody or activatable
antibody. To
200 uL of antibody or activatable antibody in PBS in a tube was added 2.5 eq
TCEP. The
tube was closed and swirled, to generate a homogeneous solution, which was
allowed to
stand for 90 minutes at room temperature. The tube was opened, and 13 eq NaOH
and 6.0
eq vc-MMAD or vc-MMAE were added. The tube was closed and swirled, to generate
a
homogeneous solution, which was allowed to stand at room temperature for 120
minutes.
The tube was opened, and the reaction mixture was passed through a Zeba de-
salting
column (Thermo Scientific). The protein concentration in the filtrate was
analyzed by UV
spectrophotometry, and the product was analyzed by SDS gel and HIC-HPLC, and
then
tested for cell-binding and cell-killing activities. For the cell-binding and
cell-killing assays,
activatable antibody conjugates were activated by incubating a 0.5-mg sample
of the
activatable antibody conjugate in a 10% solution of recombinant human uPA
protease (R
and D systems MN-207-16) at 37 C for 16 hr. Protease was removed from the thus

activated activatable antibody conjugate by running the sample through a pre-
washed
MabSelect (GE Healthcare) column and eluting with 0.1M glycine, followed by
neutralization using Tris-HC1. In other conjugations, the TCEP eq varied from
1.0 to 8.0,
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and/or the NaOH eq varied from 0 to 13, and/or the reaction times after the
addition of
TCEP, or the additions of NaOH and vc-MMAD or vc-MMAD, varied from 60 min to
16
hours.
Example 8. Use of Activatable Antibody Conjugates That Include Microtubule
Inhibitor Monomethyl Auristatin D (MMAD)
[00345] This example demonstrates that activatable antibody conjugates
comprising
microtubule inhibitor MMAD display potent in vitro killing activity. The
example also
demonstrates that addition of the linker payload to the activatable antibody
does not
interfere with the ability of the masking moiety to block binding of the
activatable antibody
comprising such masking moiety to its target.
[00346] Figure 9A demonstrates that partial reduction and subsequent thiol
conjugation of anti-Jagged activatable antibody 5342-1204-4D11 or anti-Jagged
antibody
4D11 with the vc-MMAD linker payload did not affect the binding behavior of
the resultant
conjugates to BxPC3 cells: There was a 38-fold reduction in IC50 of binding of
activatable
antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAD (27 nM) compared to antibody
conjugate
4D11-vc-MMAD (0.7 nM). Upon activation with uPA, binding of activated
activatable
antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAD was comparable to that of antibody
conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAD. The figure also demonstrates that Synagis (a human
IgG1
isotype control) did not bind to BxPC3 cells.
[00347] Conjugation of activatable antibody 5342-1204-4D11 and antibody
4D11
was observed by the increased shift in MW of the HC and LC under reduced
conditions by
SDS analysis. HIC-HPLC analysis demonstrated between 40 to 75% yield of toxin-
conjugated material.
[00348] Figure 9B demonstrates the potent killing activity of activatable
antibody
conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAD upon activation with uPA and antibody
conjugate
4D11-vc-MMAD. Non¨activated activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-
MMAD killed BxPC3 cells at a 17-fold reduced potency (IC50 = 7 nM) compared to

antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAD (IC50 = 0.4 nM). The lack of cell killing
activity of
rituximab antibody (an unrelated IgG1 isotype antibody) conjugated with the vc-
MMAD
linker is also shown. Antibody 4D11 alone (i.e., not conjugated) did not
exhibit any
cytotoxic activity on BxPC3.
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Example 9. Use of Activatable Antibody Conjugates That Include Microtubule
Inhibitor Monomethyl Auristatin E (MMAE)
[00349] This example demonstrates that activatable antibody conjugates
comprising
microtubule inhibitor MMAE display potent in vitro killing activity. The
example also
demonstrates that addition of the linker payload to the activatable antibody
does not
interfere with the ability of the masking moiety to block binding of the
activatable antibody
comprising such masking moiety to its target.
[00350] Figure 10A demonstrates that partial reduction and subsequent
thiol
conjugation of anti-Jagged activatable antibody 5342-1204-4D11 or anti-Jagged
antibody
4D11 with the vc-MMAE linker payload did not affect the binding behavior of
the resultant
conjugates to BxPC3 cells: There was a 33-fold reduction in IC50 of binding of
activatable
antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE (-30 nM) (which was similar to the
binding activity of non-conjugated activatable antibody 5342-1404-4D11)
compared to
antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAE (0.9 nM). Upon activation with uPA, binding of

activated activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE was comparable
to
that of antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAE. The figure also demonstrates that
Synagis
conjugated to vc-MMAE did not bind to BxPC3 cells.
[00351] Figure 10B demonstrates the potent killing activity of activatable
antibody
conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-MMAE upon activation with uPA and antibody
conjugate
4D11-vc-MMAE. Non¨activated activatable antibody conjugate 5342-1204-4D11-vc-
MMAE killed BxPC3 cells at a 12-fold reduced potency (IC50 = 5 nM) compared to

antibody conjugate 4D11-vc-MMAE (IC50 = 0.4 nM). The lack of cell killing
activity of
Synagis conjugated with the vc-MMAE linker is also shown.
Other Embodiments
[00352] While the invention has been described in conjunction with the
detailed
description thereof, the foregoing description is intended to illustrate and
not limit the scope
of the invention, which is defined by the scope of the appended claims. Other
aspects,
advantages, and modifications are within the scope of the following.
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